Skip to main content

WHAT'S COOKING?

USA / UK, 1999 (MIFF 2000, International Panorama)

Director: Gurinder Chadha

"That most American of holidays, Thanksgiving, serves as the focal point for this raptly celebratory look at the modern American family. What's Cooking? interweaves the workings of four diverse Los Angeles households—African-American, Jewish, Latino and Vietnamese—as they make their preparations for arriving guests and relatives for the traditional festive dinner. Who but an outsider would have the keen perception and discernment to capture the nuances of family relationships and culturally specific behaviour, decor, and most of all food, with this degree of accuracy and freedom?

Director Gunnder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach), an Englishwoman of Indian descent now living in Los Angeles, working with a wonderful cast (Joan Chen, Mercedes Ruehl, Kyra Sedgwick) and superbly talented collaborators, has created what could well become a classic holiday film ot immense charm and energy. What's Cooking? is a beautiful tapestry of love and anger, difference and familiarity and a moving vision."—Sundance Film Festival

See also...

A Nice Arrangement

Set in the North London home of an Indian family on the morning of their daughter's wedding, A Nice Arrangement explores with wit and a keen eye, the subtle complexities of a young woman's decision ... More »

I'm British, But...

Pump up the Bhangra! Using Bhangra music and the testimonies of sons and daughters of Asian Brits, the film uncovers a defiant popular culture - a synthesis - part Asian, part British. ... "We cannot ... More »

TRASH HUMPERS

“Pity the festival-going fool who stumbles unawares into Harmony Korine's patently abrasive, deliberately cruddy-looking mock documentary Trash Humpers.” - Variety ... Amongst the badly-lit alley ... More »

LES CONVOYEURS ATTENDENT

An hilarious and bizarre family chronicle, Les Convoyeurs Attendent (The Carriers are Waiting) covers one year in the life of the Walloon family. Stuck in a dismal factory district on the outskirts ... More »

PASSIONATE WOMEN

Evoking the melodramatic musicals of Jacques Demy, Passionate Women, the wonderfully inventive new film from veteran director Tonino De Bernardi. With virtually all the dialogue sung by the ... More »

IDLE RUNNING

The recipient of 15 International film awards, Idle Running is a comic drama about Dizzy, a veteran student stranded halfway to adulthood. Watching TV, snoozing and boozing form Dizzy's ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director