“I have a horror of obvious, cliché-ridden political statements in films.”
After months of jealousy towards everyone who saw a festival screener of the new Frederick Wiseman film, I drove down to Chicago to catch a Sunday afternoon showing. There was a decent crowd, and buzzing excitement and chatter in the lobby afterwards, which was great to see.
The film is about the Troisgros family, which has operated fine dining establishments in the French countryside and held three Michelin stars for five decades. In the film, Wiseman shows us the chefs…
This documentary tells the story of the filmmaker's family. He and his siblings were baffled when their mother skipped town when they were in their tween years, without explaining why or how they could stay in touch. After a handful of years have passed, two of them decide to find her, partially because they miss her and partially because it's clearly an open wound that they might not fully realize is festering. A decade later, we follow up again to…