El Bulli NR

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For six months of the year, renowned Spanish chef Ferran Adri closes his restaurant El Bulli and works with his culinary team to prepare the menu for the next season. An elegant, detailed study of food as avant-garde art, EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS is a tasty peek at some of the world's most innovative and exciting cooking; as Adri himself puts it, "the more bewilderment, the better!"

Starring:
Ferran Adrià, Oriol Castro
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Gereon Wetzel
Starring Ferran Adrià, Oriol Castro
Supporting actors Eduard Xatruch, Eugeni de Diego, Aitor Lozano
Studio Alive Mind Cinema
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Collins on March 16, 2012
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If you are a real foodie, chef, and someone involved in the business of food you might like this. If you are expecting a Gordon Ramsey or Bourdain style documentary then you will be disappointed. You will not learn how to cook any of what legendary chef, Ferran Adrià, makes at the now retired El Bulli restaurant. The documentary starts with the closing of his restaurant for the season then turns into a dialogue between chefs on the creativity and science of the creation of new dishes. You are like a fly on the wall. Jose Andres operates arguably the most advanced kitchen in the world, very interesting to see how everything comes together, but this film won't be for everyone
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Rubin on July 8, 2012
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I really enjoyed Bourdain's documentary about El Bulli,Decoding Ferran Adria: Hosted by Anthony Bourdain (and the episode of No Reservations with Ferran Adria), and in those you really got to see what cooking and eating at El Bulli was like. I also enjoyed Lisa Abend's book The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià's elBulli. This movie, however, was much less interesting to watch.

The movie is 1hr 50mins long, and all dialogue is in Catalan, Spanish, or French, with English subtitles. The first half of the movie is almost all video of Ferran's sous-chefs working in the lab. There is no narration at all, very little cooking, and it is somewhat tedious to watch. Yes, it is interesting to see what they do, but most of the time it is unclear exactly what they are doing and what ingredients they are using. Still, it is quite amazing how meticulous they are in the lab. The second half takes place in the restaurant, where we see them set up for the season. Again, it is usually not clear what exactly they are doing. You might see them making some cool looking dishes, but the viewer has no idea what they are. At one point we watch Ferran eat his own meal, but for the most part, we do not know what the dishes are or how they taste! We just see him make notes quietly. Pretty dull.

If you are really into El Bulli, this is worth watching for the behind-the-scenes look, but in the end it is just ok. Could have been great, with lots of narration and better editing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mikecq on May 7, 2012
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If you classify yourself as a foodie, you have got to see this movie. This is where food preparation is takes to almost a scientific level. I do not believe anyone else in the entire world has done this approach to food preparation.
Too bad if you never got to el Bulli, it closed in 2011. The brothers opened Tickets and 41degrees in Barcelona while the featured chefs opened Compartir north of Barcelona, with Faran's blessings to continue along the same path, and not too far from the el Bulli original site.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Isao Jon Sakata on January 9, 2013
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Love having a non-narrated view into both the lab and formerly world's greatest restaurant. To check out the approach, failures, process behind the myth was particularly fun and an education into this now gone pilgrimage site. Highly recommend for all those obsessed with gastronomic adventure, horizons, pleasure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen on November 9, 2012
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They type of drive shown by the El Bulli team is truly inspirational. Ferran Adria is a genius and continues to impress me with his transitions of creativity. Even though the restaurant has been closed I am looking forward to elbulliFoundation to happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernardo on January 16, 2013
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i just have to say that i'm satisfied with my stuff
it's what i was expecting, definitely cool!
lets enjoy it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By literoti on September 21, 2012
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The movie is a great look into the creative process behind the El Bulli kitchen. You don't see as much about the work of the stages like the ones referenced in The sorcerer's apprentice book, but you do get a glimpse into the laboratory as well as how that plays out in the development of recipes in the kitchen.
The movie looks more at the food than the people behind it and Adria, himself seems to have little or nothing to do with the development of the food except offering a critique. One thing that was lacking was the trial and error of all the ideas as they are being formed, the beginning of the movie looks into that a little bit, but then it focuses more on the finished dishes and the operation of the restaurant.
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Fantastic insight into a unique creative process from a legendary chef.
Anyone in any creative field could benefit from watching this and learning from his process
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