Thursday, June 21, 2007

Nina's Heavenly Delights

Nina left her home in Glasgow, Scotland, rather than facing her family as an open lesbian. She returns for her father's funeral and discovers that the family business, an award-winning curry restaurant, is in danger. She is determined to keep the New Taj open — and to win the "Best of the West" curry competition for the third year running. The director, Pratibha Parmar, is well-known to festival audiences for her short films, but she has a huge hit with her first narrative feature. The interplay of Indian and Glaswegian culture is sublime, and the cooking scenes will make the foodies quiver. Throw in a Bollywood genderbender and a few other colorful characters, add cumin and turmeric to taste, and feast for 94 minutes. Strongly recommended.

Nina's Heavenly Delights, dir. Pratibha Parmar, 2006 UK, 94 min.

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