Boiling Point ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Review by Andrea Carnevali
Enter the relentless pressure of a restaurant kitchen as a head chef wrangles his team on the busiest day of the year. Out in selected cinemas right now or available to buy/rent on streaming platforms such as Virgin TV Go, Apple iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store, Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player online.
This is a film the great Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud of. Even though it’s not a thriller, it uses the one-continuous-shot technique to enhance tension to thrilling effects, outing to shame even films such as Birdman.
In fact the only mistake I make when watching it, was to start it too late at night. By the time it ended I was so charged up that it took me a while to unwind and fall asleep.
Adapted from a short film from 2019 (available on Amazon), this immersive, beautifully acted, magnificently choreographed and tightly constructed film is possibly the closest thing you’ll ever experience to working in a luxury restaurant.
An instantly recognisable array of characters – a great ensemble cast with not a weak link – populate the film: from the spoilt and annoying customers, the frustrated dishwasher, the ultra-stressed-out manager, the health inspector, all the way through to all types of men and women working behind the scenes to make your dishes as sumptuous and delicious as possible.
And while I wasn’t so convinced about the ending and there was a little moment half-way through when the camera literally leaves the restaurant and the film grinds to a sudden halt (revealing the limitations of the one-shot device), it is an otherwise gripping, illuminating, fascinating, very entertaining and at times even moving piece of work.
Not quite a five stars film, but very, very close and overall one of the best things I’ve seen in a while.
Next time you eat in a restaurant, this is bound to resurface in your head.
Boiling Point is out in selected cinemas right now or available to buy/rent on streaming platforms such as Virgin TV Go, Apple iTunes, Amazon, Sky Store, Curzon Home Cinema, BFI Player online.
It’ll be worth every penny.
Andrea Carnevali is a Bafta winning film maker who lives in Chiswick.
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