Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 
Buy New

or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Buy Used
Used - Very Good See details
$9.98 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Sold by Garots Media.

or
 
   
Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $0.75 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here

Food Of Love (2002)

Paul Rhys , Kevin Bishop , Ventura Pons  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

List Price: $14.99
Price: $14.98 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $0.01
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 8 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Want it Friday, April 25? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy
Food of Love   -- --

Other Formats & Versions

Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD 1-Disc Version $14.98  

Frequently Bought Together

Food Of Love + The Trip + From Beginning To End
Price for all three: $40.14

Buy the selected items together

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Product Details

  • Actors: Paul Rhys, Kevin Bishop, Juliet Stevenson, Allan Corduner, Craig Hill
  • Directors: Ventura Pons
  • Format: 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: June 10, 2003
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008YLU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,849 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Food Of Love" on IMDb

Special Features

None.

Editorial Reviews

Adapted from David Leavitt's book The Page Turner, Food of Love tells the story of a cross-generational romance between two men. Paul (Kevin Bishop), a sexually repressed teenager, is an aspiring pianist who gets an opportunity to work as a page turner for Richard Kennington (Paul Rhys), a renowned pianist who also happens to be Paul's idol. A flirtation ensues between the two men after a concert one night, but further possibilities are thwarted by the meddling of Paul's neurotic mother Pamela.

Special Features:
  • Intimate interview with David Leavitt - author of The Page Turner
  • Interview With Ventura Pons & Cast
  • Behind The Scenes Footage
  • Original Trailer
  • TLA Trailers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
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.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Good acting; Disappointing Story
So much potential and so little fulfillment. This film has some great acting by Kevin Bishop (Paul) and his mother played by Juliet Stevenson. Their chemistry is evident. Read more
Published on June 16, 2007 by a viewer
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xa5b2ed14)

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 



Look for Similar Items by Category