Cooking With Stella

Cooking With Stella

DVD - 2010
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Stella Elizabeth Matthews has been a cook in the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi for 30 years. She is brilliant as a cook, and brilliant at creatively padding her salary - with a few pilfered items, some minor overcharging, and a special phone-order duty free business. A newly posted Canadian diplomatic couple Michael and Maya arrive with their baby and, after an initial jolt when she learns that Michael will be staying home as "diplomatic housewife" while Maya goes off to work, everything goes swimmingly for Stella. Michael was a chef in Ottawa and he is longing to learn authentic Indian cooking. Stella agrees to be his "cooking guru". But Stella's cozy domestic set-up implodes when Tannu, an honest nanny, joins the household, and threatens to expose Stella's deceptions. Eventually Stella wins Tannu's full cooperation (and then some!). This unlikely partnership embarks on a much grander, riskier scam, which seems to bring disaster. An unexpected kind of justice is found, but not until the guru-student relationship between Stella and Michael has been sorely tested. Michael has learned many important lessons from his teacher ... including glorious traditional South Indian cooking.
Publisher: [Canada] : Mongrel Media, c2010
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC COO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 103 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Feb 01, 2014

How bad? VERY bad. Insulting, embarrassing, pathetic. It made me angry.

Don McKellar is not good (just like in Monkey Warfare - another dog of a film).

The late great Maury Chaykin looks embarrassed.

Bad script. Bad Direction.
Okay : photography and editting, but the colour palette was set to intense full time.

How did they ever get funding?

Sep 17, 2013

Really bad movie...could not bear to watch I didn't

Sep 04, 2013

I was upset with this movie. Making look Canadians as stupid that can be tricked by the help. As well, portraying the help as thieves insults them. It was insulting to Canadians, Indians, Catholics, Hindus, and to human intelligence.

Sep 04, 2013

Lots of comedic moments, but a thin story, and not much point to the movie.

Jyo Dec 28, 2012

An insult to Indians. It shows as Indian are thieves even they are given a good job and the foreigners are forgivers and great.
What a bulls***
Really annoyed me and made me upset. DO NOT WATCH THIS BIASED MOVIE made by so-called Indian trash-brains (brother of Deepa Mehta, another psycho director woman).

Jul 17, 2012

I do not understand the messaging in this movie. In the end, is it ok to steal from others? Don McKellar falls so flat.

Jan 20, 2011

Interesting idea but on balance a rather trite, thinly plotted, rather demeaning (to the Indian people), unrealistic film. It did make me hungry though.

Dec 14, 2010

A complete disappointment as a Foodie movie. For an Indian movie (no food), I much preferred Amal (available at the OPL)

Sep 14, 2010

If it was supposed to be a comedy, it wasn't funny. If it was supposed to be a drama, it wasn't compelling or believable. It was insulting to Canadians, Indians, Catholics, Hindus, and to human intelligence.

Aug 25, 2010

Tedious, demoralizing film set in India that attempts to rationalize thievery by servants & merchants using a stupidly conceived, implausible plot, repellent characters, & an excess of post-colonial guilt.

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Sep 14, 2010

Meant to be a funny clash of cultures but, suddenly and with scant warning, it turns into a confused clamour of genres.

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