Association: 2nd Grade of High School: Presentation / Reviewing
1st step: Read the following reviews.
2nd step: Complete the following table according to the positive or negative features you have noticed in this fragmentary screening.
The exceptional cinematography and the meandering art direction are not the only mesmerizing elements of this film. Evanthia Reboutsika’s melodies sound like music from the past, charged with memories and full of feelings. Without any doubt, the choice of actors was made very carefully, so that each and every one seems born for the role, while as a whole they seem born to co-exist and infuse life into one of the greatest film productions in this country. Of course, the fact that some of the best actors of our time play in the film adds some extra value to it.
Giota Papadimakopoulou, http://www.cine.gr/film.asp?id=703662&page=4
Unique personalities, childhood loves that were never forgotten, simple and humane words that speak straight to our soul, move us and immerse us into a trip to the universe. In this universe, everything is a matter of gastronomic perception, everything passes through the kitchen, the emotions flare up or settle down, as they depend on the spices, and vibrate as they send messages to the brain and the heart through the senses. People are judged and distinguished by the smell of a meal that stayed on their clothes, relationships are boosted and involve people or are dissolved due to the spice that was used on purpose or by accident in the wrong food, at the wrong time!
Elena Andreadou, http://www.cine.gr/film.asp?id=703662&page=4
A forty-year-old astrophysicist returns to Istanbul and his childhood memories… When tears blur the eyes of the critics, their judgement gets blurry as well. Boulmetis’ film is a nostalgic kitchen, but at times, the film follows the easy way to our hearts and leads us through paths of remembrance, just like an innocent kid would do. The spices from the grandpa’s store, the smells and textures of food, the cores of each moment of everyday life weave a web of memory and emotions around the main character Fanis and us who witness his story. The cuisine of Costantinople, this beautiful, beloved, tortured city of Greeks in exile, permeats every human fiber and every facet of this film. Salt is sprinkled over life, it is the stardust of the universe that remains invisibles but spices up everything. How can all these flavors fit in one mouth, two eyes, one brain?
Lilly M. Papayanni, Cinema, November 2003, Volume 150
But how did the film A Touch of Spice manage to stimulte the passive and rather wary (when it comes to the artistic practices of its contemporary Greek filmmakers) “wider audience,” bringing people closer and leading them to the dark theatre? In other words, how did this film manage to obtain the functionality and directness of the films of the “Old Greek Cinema,” which was adored by older spectators, yet resisted in finding resort in easy style solutions or in copying; these films never let down the younger fans of “New Greek Cinema” or Contemporary Greek Cinema of the last two decades, that is related with revised themes, diverse aesthetic approaches, and experimental inquiries.
A Touch of Spice is a classic fiction film that crawls in between genres, since it can be described as a social, political or historical film, a comedy or a drama, and primarily functions as a reflective wandering in a past that is fovever gone. The narrative plot brings the spectator back to Istanbul in the 1950s: This city is the emblem of trauma and loss for the collective imaginary of many people, and not only for the dispersed Greek community that once lived there.
Maria Moira, A Touch of Spice: A Place of Memory