Reel Corner - November 2022

Celebrating Food, Family & Thanksgiving

November 2022 Issue
Reel Corner by Donne Paine

Celebrating Food, Family & Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is the annual national holiday in the United States celebrating the harvest and blessings of the past year. Americans generally believe Thanksgiving is modeled on a 1621 harvest feast shared by the English colonists (Pilgrims) of Plymouth and the Wampanoag Native Americans.

In honor of being thankful, family and food the “Reel Corner” found some new gems you might enjoy and decided to remind you of a couple old classics, too..

Grégory Gadebois, Isabelle Carré | Director: Éric Besnard

Set in the 1700s, with the help of a young woman, a chef who has been sacked by his master, finds the strength to free himself from his position as a servant and open the first restaurant in France.

Writer/director Éric Besnard’s mouth-watering, new, historical comedy indelibly pairs Grégory Gadebois and Isabelle Carré as a gifted chef and his unlikely protégé, who must find the resolve to free themselves from servitude. In 1789 France, just prior to the French Revolution, gastronomy was strictly the domain of the aristocrats; the prestige of a noble house is entirely dependent on the quality and reputation of its table. So, when the talented but prideful cook Manceron (Gadebois) serves an unapproved dish of his own creation at a dinner hosted by the self-entitled Duke of Chamfort repercussions pursue and are brutal, and he is promptly dismissed. The wounded Manceron swears off his passion and retreats with his son to a regional inn visited only infrequently by travelers, and where vegetable soup is the common meal. But when a mysterious woman (Carré) arrives and offers to pay to become his apprentice, the stage is set for a wildly enjoyable tale of reignited passion, mentorship, revenge… and the creation of France’s very first restaurant. Though not an American film, Delicious joins the ranks of films such as Big Night, Chocolat and Babette’s Feast in its joyous depiction of the preparation and love of fine cuisine. Delicious is just that!

Don't Forget These Old Favorites

Travel stress is nobody’s favorite part of Thanksgiving, but watching Steve Martin and John Candy as an odd-couple duo of hapless travelers who are desperately trying to get home for Turkey Day will help you laugh off your own struggles.

While the whole movie has great foliage scenes and a crisp, autumnal vibe, the scene where Joe rushes to the front of Zabar’s cash-only line to vainly save a work enemy (or so he thinks) actually happens on Thanksgiving Day.

Watching Woodstock and Snoopy pull apart a wishbone and eat a piece of pumpkin pie together is always fun.

The awkwardness that ensues when April (played by a young Katie Holmes) invites her mother and estranged family to her tiny NYC apartment for Thanksgiving dinner is a feeling many of us have experienced.

We can always count on Anne Shirley on Thanksgiving. PBS used to air a new Anne of Green Gables movie on each Thanksgiving, making her forever associated with the holiday. In this movie, Anne goes to school in the city and finds herself feeling lost.

For each new morning with its light
For rest and shelter of the night
For health and food. For Love and friends.
For everything Thy goodness sends

Happy Thanksgiving


ReelCorner 1219 DonneDonne Paine, film enthusiast, once lived around the corner from the Orson Welles Theater in Cambridge Massachusetts, where her strong interest in films, especially independent ones, began. Supporter of the arts, especially films, she travels to local and national film festivals, including Sundance, Toronto and Tribeca. There is nothing like seeing a film on the big screen. She encourages film-goers to support Hilton Head local theaters; Coligny Theater, Park Plaza Theater and Northridge. To support her habit of frequent movie going, Donne is a travel medicine nurse consultant. See you at the movies!

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