Feast of Love

A BUFFET UNREQUITED… 

Directed by Robert Benton (Kramer Vs. Kramer), ‘Feast of Love’ is an adaptation of Charles Baxter’s novel by the same name. A faithful portrayal of heartbreak and attachment, fondness and rapture, lust and love… this film is an intense look at relationships through the skewered eyes of fallible couples.

Narrated by Harry Scott (Morgan Freeman), an amorous sage with periodic musings on love below and the Gods above, the movie follows Bradley Smith (Greg Kinnear) and his wife, as their marriage falls apart in light of Kathryn’s (Selma Blair) impending sexual reorientation.

Working for the recently-dumped Smith in a neighborhood coffee-shop, is young Oscar (Toby Hemingway) who falls in love with the radiantly beautiful Chloe (Alexa Davalos), as together they represent the first blush of love – the burning passion of youth and its propensity for lasting a lifetime.

Finally, we meet Diana the realtor (Radha Mitchell), a woman with a questionable moral code and a rather twisted radar for love. Involved with David (a married man), she convinces herself of some notion of normalcy by agreeing to marry Bradley.

Complications ensue as Bradley falls in love at the drop of a hat (with heartbreaks just as frequent), Diana struggles with her feelings for David, Chloe faces the possibility of losing her partner, and Harry tries to overcome his own loss.

An ensemble cast unlike any other I’ve seen in recent years… ‘Feast’ is a frank yet piercing view of people in love. With excellent performance by Radha Mitchell and Alexa Davalos, the acting is definitely one of the strong suits of this motion picture.

Just a word to the wise – with copious amounts of nudity, and an overabundance of sex scenes, this film is very graphic and unapologetic in its depiction of relationships. However, the said scenes are handled with the utmost artistic care, keeping the tone mature rather than prurient.

Overall, a very good dramatic piece with its funny moments, this film is an excellent watch.

Similar movies: Closer, Paris Je’Taime.

Other Robert Benton movies: Kramer Vs. Kramer, The Human Stain.

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