Directed by Thomas Jackson, Charlotte Landelius and Henrik Stockare
I don’t mind saying candidly that envy undoubtedly plays a part in how I feel about FOODIES: THE CULINARY JET SET. The film focuses on a handful of privileged, pretentious people who travel the globe to sample some of the finest dining the world has to offer, but not before pictures of their delectable dishes are posted to Instagram. They then take to their blogs to write about their unique experiences, which in turn earns them influence in the restaurant industry. I know this isn’t necessarily all that different than the job of a film critic but at least what I write about, most people can experience for themselves.
In my mind, a foodie is a person who appreciates how amazing and creative food can be prepared and appreciated. I didn’t realize the term was only meant to apply to self appointed experts on the subject. Of the five foodies featured, one is former rap mogul, one is a former model, one is the son of rich parents and one is a retired innovator, a very successful one at that. None would be able to do what they do if it weren’t for their very fortunate position and I found it very difficult to identify with any of them, despite my own appreciation for food as art. Only one foodie featured is working hard for her place in the game, still living with her parents and working a day job to make her dreams come true. Unfortunately, her lack of experience makes her the least interesting of the bunch.
I think it was the lack of passion that I found most distasteful when watching FOODIES. To be fair, the former model, Aiste Miseviciute, did show appreciation for her opportunities and, along with Perm Paitayawat, the boy with the parents who can afford global gallivanting, did show some genuine love for food. This was not enough to get the taste of elitism out of my mouth though.
FOODIES: THE CULINARY JET SET will have its North American Premiere at the HotDocs Canadian International Documentary Festival as part of the Special Presentations program.
Screening Schedule …
Sunday, April 26, 6:45 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Monday, April 27, 3;30 PM, Hart House
Friday, May 1, 9:00 PM, Bloor HotDocs
For more information and for tickets, please visit hotdocs.ca.