Feast of Love
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Based on a novel by Charles Baxter (and adapted by Allison Burnett, another extraordinary writer of his own novels CHRISTOPHER: A TALE OF SEDUCTION and THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL), the story takes place in Portland, Oregon and examines the lives and love stories of myriad characters, each of whom is connected in some way to the father confessor of the town, one elderly professor Harry Stevenson (Morgan Freeman) who not only narrates the threads of the people's lives that round out this film, but also plays a significant role as a father of an only son who died in the recent past from a heroin overdose, a man bruised and experienced in the vagaries of life, supported by his wife Esther (Jane Alexander), both of whom cope with their loss by extending their love to young people.
Bradley Thomas (Greg Kinnear) is an artist and an optimist who own Jitters, a coffee shop, and is married to Kathryn (Selma Blair) who loves sports...and leaves him for a woman who awakens her lesbian longings. A young recovering drug abuser Oscar (Toby Hemingway) works in Bradley's shop and in a magic moment falls in love with a sensitive free spirit named Chloe (Alexa Davalos) and is hired by Bradley on a whim.Read more ›
The film is about a social circle which consists of some very diverse people. One is a college professor on sabbatical (Freeman), one is a cafe owner (Greg Kinnear) while two characters are employees of the cafe (Billy Burke & Alexa Davalos). The plot is not focused, but to me that's a good thing. It is like an overview of "everyday lives" of people within the circle.
Kinnear's character is a poster boy for the mantra that nice guys finish last. His persona's luck with women is almost as bad as mine. He's a great person who always means well, but his downfall is that he's also incredibly naive. He is intelligent, but he is prone to either over-interpreting minor events or being oblivious to major events which transpire in his life. Freeman's character is a sort of mentor for him, but at times he appears to be a lost soul.
There are some profound philosophical themes in the film which are downright Schopenhauresque. In addition, there is also an allusion (deliberate or not) to a scene from Jean Paul Satre in which a character puts a nail through his hand just so he can feel something, or to see if he can feel @ all.
Many viewers are likely to contend that the film is filled with gratuitous nudity. I would disagree. While I've never been opposed to nudity in films (and never will be!), there are some movies I've seen where the nudity was contrived. Not so in this film.Read more ›
Harry watches as Bradley (Kinnear) misses it when his wife Kathy (Blair) falls in love with another woman (Katic). Bradley continues a spiral of relationships until the right woman comes along quite by accident.
Harry recommends that Bradley hire 20-ish Chloe (Davalos) when his barista Oscar (Hemingway) falls for her. Then, Dr. Stevenson, who thought he was so sage about love learns the most valuable lesson from Chloe.
"Feast" is a multi-generation tale of love with lessons for people of all ages. Note: there are some explicit scenes including a lesbian relationship. The film's based on the novel by Charles Baxter and directed by Robert Benton.
This romance is a story of love and loss, and is somewhat predictable and contrived.... but it still provides a couple of hours of viewing enjoyment. Some of it is depressing, as it depicts the ups and downs of love, but it also has moments of great tenderness. I also thought the acting was very good and look forward to seeing some of the new (to me) faces in other roles in the future.
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I love this movie, and the disc showed up in great condition with no troubles.Published 2 months ago by J. Schneider
It was different from what I expected, that doesn't mean it was bad just different. Morgan Freeman was excellent as usual,Published 2 months ago by Lee Osburn
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