As the cooking universe has won its spurs back, especially thanks to culinary TV shows, stoves inspire cinema a lot. After Burnt starring Bradley Cooper and Omar Sy out in 2015, here is “Boiling Point”.
This thriller directed by Philip Barantini opens on January 19, 2022, in France.
With “Boiling Point”, in 2022, British actor Philip Barantini (Band of Brothers, Chernobyl…) becomes a director. For his first movie, he decided to deliver a 1.5-hour one-shot movie.
In “Boiling Point”, the brand-new director directs Stephen Graham (Venom: let there be carnage, Rocketman, The Irishman…), Vinette Robinson (Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker…), Jason Flemyng (The Singing Club, Gemma Bovary…), as well as Ray Panthaki (Gangs of London, Marcella, Colette…)
“Boiling Point” has won 4 awards at the latest British Independent Film Awards this past December 5, 2021. The movie has been rewarded for photography, cast, sound, and Vinette Robinson has been named best actress in a supporting role.
“Magic Friday”: the Friday before Christmas, the busiest night of the year. In a London gourmet restaurant, in the kitchen, a few minutes before the action stations, the entire staff is boiling. But troubles pile up around starred chef Andy Jones (Graham) and his team. Add to this the constant pressure from the always more demanding clientele jeopardizing the restaurant.
With "Boiling Point" - mostly filmed from the shoulder (or hand) - Philip Barantini follows the daily life of a 100-seat restaurant under pressure. The camera goes from the dinning room to the open-plan kitchen, following the different characters.
In front of this relatively realistic movie, one discovers a lost chef, in debt, feeling in a bad way, so much he wants to leave it all behind in the middle of a shift... One also attends the wonderful soaring of Carly (Vinette Robinson), the assistant chef, about the maître d'hôtel, without screaming as the kitchen is open... A scene likely to win her the award for best supporting actress at the British Independent Film Awards.
In all, the audience discovers a suffering kitchen, where nothing really goes as planned, but where each and everyone is fighting. If we were in Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay would have a lot to say...
The only surprising element is the cast of a Scottish actress, Izuka Hoyle, to play a French lady...