Politiki kouzina

Politiki kouzina

A touch of spice

DVD - 2009 | Greek, Modern (1453-)
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Fanis, a forty-year-old astrophysics professor, journeys back to his childhood home. In affectionate, uplifting scenes, it portrays Fanis' relationship with his beloved grandfather, the pain he suffered from being thrown out of Turkey at an early age, and the difficulties his family faced as they adjusted to life in Greece.
Publisher: [Venice, Calif.] : Menemsha Films, c2009
Branch Call Number: GRE 791.4372 P769b
Language Note: In Greek, Turkish, and English; with English subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Touch of spice [videorecording]


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Sep 21, 2014

This is a 2003 Greek film directed by Tassos Boulmetis.
Fanis had trouble initially adapting in Greece, constantly trying to spend his time in the kitchen cooking, as it was the only link between him and his homeland.
However, this would upset his mother who was afraid that the boy was either severely depressed or a homosexual.
Fanis grew from childhood to adulthood, preserving his culinary talents and often offering his secrets of the Politiki Cuisine to those that ask for his help.
As the years passed by, and the tension between Turkey and Greece resolved, grandfather Vassilis made several promises to visit his grandson in Athens but failed to keep them.
After three decades, Fanis returns to Istanbul to visit his near-death grandfather and also runs into his old love, Saime, who is now married.
Together, they reflect on their lives and the way politics managed to change everything.
Although it is a somewhat sad story, the film will remind you in a nostalgic way that both food and life require 'a touch of spice' to achieve that extra flavor.
After all, it is a heart-warming story in which the pretty young girl dances for the little Fanis.
It will make you laugh; it will make you cry and, most likely, you will wish it did not end.

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