Detroit Film Theatre


FROM BRITAIN WITH LOVE: TOAST

Saturday, June 11, 2011 – Sunday, June 12, 2011

A series of refreshingly new British films, assembled by The Film Society of Lincoln Center
 
TOAST
 
(UK/2011--directed by S.J.Clarkson)
Based on the heart-wrenchingly bittersweet story of food writer Nigel Slater's childhood, and set to the songs of Dusty Springfield, Toast is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood.
No ordinary lad, Nigel, laps up cookbooks, spending all his time gazing longingly at the delights on offer in Percy Salt's grocers. Nigel's father, meanwhile, worries that there is something "wrong" with his son and the two find it difficult to connect. Nigel finds it far easier relating to Josh, the gardener, who teaches Nigel about the wonders of nature as they sit munching freshly picked radishes and pork pies. After Nigel's mother dies, leaving Nigel and his father heartbroken, the two struggle on fuelled by cheese on toast, until a saucy new cleaner who makes lemon meringue pies to die for, (played with gusto by Helena Bonham Carter), arrives. She sets her sights on Nigel’s father, and cooking soon becomes the key weapon in the battle between then for his father’s affections. (96 min.)
 
Saturday, June 11 at 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 p.m.