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  • Summary: Fanis, a 40 year-old astrophysics professor, journeys back to his childhood home in Greece. In affectionate, uplifting scenes, the film shows Fanis' relationship with his beloved grandfather as his grandfather recalls the suffering he endured when he was thrown out of Turkey at an early age, and the difficulties the family faced as they adjusted to life in Greece. Expand
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  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Doris Toumarkine
    70
    Spice is full of colorful family moments and flavored with observations like the role of spices in provoking wars. Takis Zervoulakos' elegant camerawork serves up painterly, magical shots of condiments, lavish banquets and mysterious spaces.
  2. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    60
    Using the familiar device of cuisine as a metaphor for national identity and personal feelings, bitter-sweet pic about a man torn between his ethnicity (Greek) and the country of his birth (Turkey) makes its points lightly and entertainingly, with only a routine third act letting down the package.
  3. It does have some sweet touches and a droll sense of humor.
  4. There's more than a touch of whimsy in A Touch of Spice, a sentimental Greek offering that's been immensely popular in its home country but doesn't translate well.
  5. Don't expect to taste anything surprising.
  6. 38
    One big hunk of cinematic moussaka with lots of appetizing shots of food.
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  1. DK
    Nov 29, 2006
    7
    The best popular greek film.