Powdered candies, spectacular cakes and aromatic chocolate – sweets are one of the most pleasant themes on the screen. On the occasion of the premiere of the series “Recipe”, we selected six productions that remind you that life has a taste.
“Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’ll find,” is the cult quote from Forrest Gump. Cinema often uses the theme of sweets, which serve as a metaphor for the heroes’ struggles in life. Spectacular cakes at Marie Antoinette’s court symbolize the splendor with which the monarch tries to fill her loneliness, Vianne Rocher pastries are to remind the bitter mayor of Comte de Reynaud that life can have a taste, and chocolate treats according to the recipe of Jan Wedel himself become an extraordinary thread connecting life of Maria Kielicz and Zosia Żakowska.
On the occasion of the premiere of the series “Receptura”, we choose six productions, the screening of which is a real feast for the senses.
“Recipe”: A taste that connects generations
The heroines of the new TVN series know that there are flavors that connect generations. Zosia Żakowska (Zofia Wichłacz) begins her architectural studies in contemporary Warsaw. After the move, her beloved grandmother dies, who leaves as a gift the diary of her mother, and Zosia’s great-grandmother, Maria Kielicz (Agnieszka Więdłocha). With the pages of the diary, the girl moves to the interwar capital and learns about the fascinating 1930s and the fate of her great-grandmother. Like Zosia, Maria was an architect, but as a result of an unusual coincidence, she receives the job of Jan Wedel’s (Jacek Koman) assistant. A hardworking woman quickly becomes his right hand and confidant of the secrets of the most thriving chocolate factory in Europe. “Receptura” is a fascinating journey to the stylish 20s and 30s. The series can be watched on TVN and Player.pl
“Chocolate”: Sweet Life
Adaptation of the best-selling novel by Joanne Harris of the same name. Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter Anouk move to a picturesque town in France, where they open a chocolate shop. The venture is initially disapproved of by the local community, but over time (and with the help of a sea of sweets), Vianne convinces the locals and reminds them that life should have a taste. The screen of the Oscar-nominated production will also feature stars such as Judi Dench, Johnny Depp and Carrie-Anne Moss. “Chocolate” can be viewed on HBO GO.
“Maria Antonina”: Glamor in the salons
“Let them eat cookies!” sounds the famous, though imaginary, quote attributed to Marie Antoinette. So, delicacies could not be missing in Sofia Coppola’s full-scale film. Powder pink cakes, ornate tartlets and other sophisticated sweets accompany the monarch almost all the time. However, splendor and abundance are not able to soothe the loneliness with which he has been struggling since his arrival at the court. And although the spectacular sweets contrast with the inner dilemmas of the protagonist, at the same time they gave “Marie Antoinette” the title of one of the tastiest films in the history of cinema. The movie can be watched on Netflix.
“Sweet Madness”: From the kitchen
Sweets are one of the favorite subjects of all kinds of talent shows. No wonder – creating perfect baking is a real art that requires a lot of talent. The participants of the “Sweet Madness” program know about it. In each episode, four teams compete with each other to prepare the most delicious and spectacular sweets. Mysterious ingredient? Time! The effects of their work are impressive – cakes resembling sugar sculptures, phenomenal desserts and delicious cupcakes. All this is sprinkled with a pinch of emotion, humor and twists. You can watch this addictive mix on Netflix.
“Babette’s Feast”: A feast for the senses
The Oscar-winning adaptation of the novel by Karen Blixen follows the fate of two sisters, Philippa and Martina, who grow up under the watchful eye of a strict father, a pastor, in a small Danish village. Their ascetic life changes when they hire a French maid, Babette (Stéphane Audran). A charismatic cook decides to prepare an unusual feast to remind the local community of the art of food. The beautiful photos by Henning Kristiansen are so evocative that we can almost smell truffle soup, pancakes served with caviar, sour cream and a glass of champagne, or yeast cake with caramelized figs. A unique experience. From time to time, the movie appears on selected streaming platforms, and this is a title worth waiting for.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Like a fairy tale
Poor Charlie Bucket (Frieddie Highmore) finds one of five golden tickets, thanks to which he is invited to visit the local chocolate factory. The lucky chosen ones are accompanied by an eccentric owner, Willy Wonka (Johnny Depp). Visitors are waiting for an extraordinary dose of adventures, unusual meetings and life lessons. And all this in a fairy-tale setting, filled to the brim with chocolate, pralines and other sweets. The remake of the cult production directed by Tim Burton is a must-see on the list of sweet lovers. The movie can be watched on Netflix.