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The Lunchbox

Indian film about a woman (Ila) whose husband has grown distant; she follows her aunties advice to use her cooking to try to find a way back to his heart. She makes him lunch, but the lunchbox is delivered to the wrong person (Saajan). Ila and Saajan begin exchanging notes through the lunchbox; through the correspondence they share many confessions about their lives that changes both of them. The actors playing Saajan (who also played the role of the adult Pi in Life of Pi and the father in The Namesake) and Ila are wonderful and are what makes the movie such a good one. Thumbs up for a movie that is a different take on the virtual relationship, plays to the power of really great food, and that shows us that when we pay attention, chance encounters like the one here can transform us in profound ways. (2014; 4 Stars)

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