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Food Of Love (2002)

 Kevin Bishop, Juliet Stevenson Paul Rhys , Ventura Pons  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors:  Kevin Bishop, Juliet Stevenson Paul Rhys
  • Directors: Ventura Pons
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YLU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,909 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Food Of Love" on IMDb

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Paul, a handsome and talented music student is employed as the page-turner at one of the world famous pianist Kennington's concerts in San Francisco. Not only is Paul diligent but also extremely attractive, a fact noticed by Kennington and his agent Mansourian, two men at the top of their chosen careers. Kennington and Paul meet again in Barcelona, where the boy is on holiday with his mother, Pamela, who is trying to get over her husband leaving her. Paul and Kennington fall in love but this has very different implications for both men. Kennington rushes back home escaping from commitment. Pamela, meanwhile, begins to recover her self-confidence but Paul is no longer a child. Back in the United States Paul learns that his musical career is not going to progress as desired; he simply is not talented enough. Paul and Pamela will learn through their living experience how to build a deeper relationship.

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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars freudian mess August 8, 2003
Format:DVD
I wanted so much to like this film, and I tried very hard to do so. But it is so inept, and has so many flaws, it is hard to know where to begin.

The basic story is simple enough: piano student Paul is seduced by and falls in love with his idol, forty-ish concert pianist Richard; he gets dumped inexplicably and spends the rest of the film trying to make sense of it. But add these extra ingredients -- Paul's neurotic mother also falling for the pianist, Richard's lover/manager seducing Paul while the boy is being kept by yet another older man -- and you have a rather heady Freudian stew, indeed.

What these noxious, self-absorbed characters have in common, keeping the handsome 18-year-old confused and depressed, is their duplicity. Nobody tells Paul the truth, rendering him unable to make a decision in his own interest. His beauty makes him desirable. His ingenuous nature makes him an easy mark.

The dialogue is oddly disjointed though lifted directly from David Leavitt's well-written novel, The Page Turner. For some reason, about half of Mr. Leavitt's lines have been deleted, making those that remain a crazy-quilt of non-sequitors. Adding to the confusion are British actors playing American refracted through the eyes and ears of a Spanish director. Then there are the Spanish actors who have learned their lines phonetically, wildly inflecting words incorrectly. Finally, a classical music consultant could have insured the proper pronunciation of composers' names, or pointed out that most of the pieces Paul plays are embarassingly inappropriate.

The film does a great job in depicting the haute-gay classical music demi-monde of New York, the predatory older men who rule from lofty Central Park West enclaves.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars more like a snack August 24, 2003
Format:DVD
A study in deception. Aspiring concert pianist Paul (perfectly played by Kevin Bishop) is the only character that displays even a modicum of honesty or integrity. The beautiful, earnest eighteen-year-old is duped and used by everyone he encounters.

When the film opens, Paul is turning pages for his idol, turning-forty concert pianist Richard Kennington (ghoulish Paul Rhys). Sparks fly during the Beethoven. After the concert Richard invites Paul out, but his strident mother thwarts them. Richard's manager, Joseph, hit on the tempting young man before the concert. Unbeknownst to popular Paul, randy Richard and geriatric Joseph are long-time lovers.

Vacationing with his mother in Barcelona, Paul meets Richard again. More determined this time, the older man beds the bonny boy within five minutes via that venerable 'sine qua non' of seduction: a back-rub. In a rare moment of candor, Richard wonders if he made a mistake by hopping into the sack so precipitously, but spoils it by adding he just assumed that was what the boy wanted.

They begin a one-week stand and, between some rather lovely rolls in the hay, explore Barcelona with Paul's histrionic mother. Blind as well as boisterous, she takes a shine to Richard and attempts to seduce him. It doesn't work, of course, but her ghastly flirtation does succeed in making the pianist flee the country without so much as a word of explanation or farewell to the hapless boy.

In New York, Paul moves in with rich troll Alden on Central Park West where he runs into Joseph. More determined this time, the agent promptly seduces the eager boy with concerts, fancy dinners, and the hope of management.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious Cosmopolitans' Sex Comedy June 10, 2003
Format:DVD
"Food of Love" is a very fine film of sexual politics set in the cosmopolitan world of the classical music concert business.
Paul Porterfield (played by Kevin Bishop) is a talented 18-year-old piano student from the San Francisco Bay Area who wants to make it in the concert world. He takes lessons and wants to go to Juilliard in Manhattan. The film begins with Paul getting to be a page-turner at a concert being performed by his touring hero, Richard Kennington (played by Paul Rhys). At the event, Paul also meets Kennington's manager, Joseph Mansourian (played by Allan Corduner). Both Mansourian and Kennington take notice of Paul.
Shortly Paul and his divorcing mother, Pamela (played by Juliet Stevenson), vacation in beautiful Barcelona. Paul finds an ad for a recent Kennington performance and tracks down the pianist. Paul and Kennington get along extra well. A chance incident lets Pamela, Paul, and Kennington be buddies in Barcelona, touring about.
Six months later, Paul attends Juilliard. Paul has a gay roommate from back home, Teddy (played by Naim Thomas), and a wealthy boyfriend, Alden Haynes (played by Carlos Castanon). It turns out Mansourian lives in the same building as Haynes, and impressario Mansourian still has his attractions. The problems are that Kennington and Mansourian have a long-term relationship and that piano teacher Mme. Novotna (played by Geraldine McEwan) is starting to have doubts about Paul's talent. When Pamela starts getting clues that something is up, she decides to take drastic action, and the cat-fight begins.
It is a pleasure to watch such good acting in the service of a literate script. All of the main characters find themselves in false positions and try to spin their ways out of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't really like either his character or that of his...
This was a lovely film, although the acting by Paul Rhys I thought a little wooden. I didn't really like either his character or that of his manager/partner (which was probably... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ballantyne Moyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
Not a bad movie. The price was right and it came in the condition as promised.It was worth the money.
Published 14 months ago by Just me
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner in my book
I now have over 70 gay movies that I have bought through Amazon.com. This movie is why I stick with Amazon. If you havn't seen this one you must. Read more
Published on January 8, 2012 by mido
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much drama
A film for drama and histerical performances' fans. And for people who loves Barcelona (nice pictures).
If you are not any of them, skip this one. Read more
Published on May 16, 2011 by Pitbulltje
1.0 out of 5 stars What Just Happened?
I'll skip the plot, since it's already well-discussed in the other reviews here. This production is beautifully photographed, technically slick and the acting very good. Read more
Published on November 21, 2010 by A reader
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast Forward Through the Mother
If you have read "The Page Turner" and liked it, this movie may confound you. The heart of the original is there: a sensitive young man confused by his sexuality and the scheming... Read more
Published on March 2, 2009 by T. Romack
4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I didn't read these reviews before I watched the movie!
I don't normally watch gay-themed movies because the few I have seen were mostly dreadful. This was recommended by a straight lady friend who loved it and assured me I would too. Read more
Published on September 10, 2008 by Jay Gordon
3.0 out of 5 stars One Night Stand
I checked out this film because I'd just watched Allan Corduner in The White Countess and also really enjoyed De-Lovely. Read more
Published on August 22, 2008 by Lee Armstrong
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd Rather Starve
I suppose that I shouldn't be too hard on this movie because it did cause quite a stir of emotions on my part. Read more
Published on June 2, 2008 by Donald C. Hagy
5.0 out of 5 stars Come out, come out, wherever you are!
This is an excellent film, with fine acting. It's a very human story about assumptions and the disasters that can follow by leaping before you look... Read more
Published on May 10, 2008 by David Lisle
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