France, Morocco, 2018
95 minutes, Color
Young Elias is raised in a Moroccan village by his grandmother, Malika, and is surrounded by a beautiful mountainous landscape. By the age of 6, he has already developed a penchant for cookbooks and has memorized the names of the dishes and ingredients contained within. Later in life, at a job in one of the village's restaurants, Elias has the opportunity to meet a top Paris chef who inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work as an undocumented immigrant, but he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his love for cooking and passion for fragrances, colors, and an array of sumptuous, spicy flavors. Jean-Philippe Gaud, in his first feature film, visualizes this journey with comedic as well as melodramatic elements and powerful scenes full of inner and outer drama. —Various sources
In Arabic, French with English subtitles
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