Tuesday, 27 May 2014

The Lunch Box

Nimrat Kaur
Certain movies have the ability to charm an audience from the get go. They are as rare as hens' teeth, so when they do come along, it is important to big them up so everyone has a chance to enjoy their delights.
The Lunch Box is one of those films.
A mistake by Mumbai's notoriously efficient lunchbox delivery company, accidentally connects a young housewife , (who is making meals for her unloving husband ) with a grieving accountant on the verge of retirement. Their chaste romantic correspondence which takes place via short letters hidden in the aforementioned lunchbox, enables the unhappy pair to move on in their lives.
Yes, think Brief Encounter  crossed with Slumdog Millionaire and you may get a bit of a gist of where director Ritesh Batra is coming from. Seldom I have seen a film that captures perfectly a real sense of the culture which it wants to portray.
The leading actors are a delight to watch . Irrfan Khan and the beautiful Nimrat Kaur are incredibly moving as the sad widower and lonely housewife and although they are never really seen in the same scene together, their chemistry together is powerfully evident and surprisingly tangible

This film is the best thing I have seen all year.
It will make you cry, it will make you laugh and it will make you fall in love with a city not always known ......
for its sweet charm.
9/10
Iffran Khan with his lunchbox

29 comments:

  1. So, did you like the movie, John? I'm not sure.

    Love,
    Janie

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  2. And I thought it was going to about 'lunch-boxes'.

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    1. Not that you'd be interested mr " tit" man

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  3. I am not usually a film watcher, but this sounds right up my alley. Thank you.

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  4. Ir is playing at my local and everyone has loved it. I see it tomorrow.
    Cheers

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  5. Thanks for the review - ill be waiting for it.

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  6. I have yet to see 'Slumdog'. My must-watch films are stacking up.

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    1. Slumdog is one of my favourite films…not that I watch many!

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  7. Wow it sounds like something we would enjoy. Thanks for the heads up!

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  8. One to see by the looks of it John. Was it DVD or cinema?

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    1. Cinema gary. And for a change the place was full

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    2. The power of the blog....we are seeing it tomorrow night at Poole Lighthouse. Thanks John.

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    3. Let me know what you think!

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  9. This is already on my list, but I do hate going to the cinema.....prefer being at home, even if I have to wait to see the film.

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  10. Drat, drat and drat again! This has been and gone from here and I didn't take the chance of seeing it even though I knew what it was about and that it had had good reviews. To my shame and (now) grief, I just couldn't be bothered at the time. And now to hear from you that it is the best thing you've seen all year (clearing a very high bar indeed) - and, furthermore, that you give it a 9/10; the last time I rated a film with that score being in - 1969!
    Oh well.. All I can hope is that it will turn up again at one of those one-off special screenings of well-regarded recent films we get from time to time. Until then, a side of me remains glum.

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  11. sounds great i would like that no monsters vampires or walking dead i no i am a boring old fart but i am a old romantic arrrr get me a hankie

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  12. An intelligent film with no exploding cars? Not a chance I'd be able to find it around here.

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  13. It sounds endearing.
    Have you ever seen The Painted Veil with the fabulous Edward Norton ?

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  14. It sounds very much like my sort of film……though I watch very few films, and usually when they finally make it to TV or I can buy the DVD at the Oxfam shop where I work. ( Birthday card is bought... Hope that the address I have figured out gets it to you!!)

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  15. i saw hotel budapest on your recommendation. i think you liked it more than i did but thats ok. i'll definitely be continuing to follow your movie going advice. thanks

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    1. Lol......I have never seen Hotel Budapest!

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  16. That sounds good, I'll watch out for it :-)

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  17. I am so jealous of you and Raybeard having a cinema that shows these films. This again is not advertised near me... le sigh

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  18. Thanks for this review John. I will look out for the film. Sounds like my kind of movie - no detectives in sight and un-Hollywood.

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  19. Chaste? or chased? I'm not usually picky on spelling but this one got me confused!

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  20. Okay, this goes into the Netflix queue when it shows up!

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  21. Sounds fab. Every film makes me cry these days...I'd better take several boxes of hankies...

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