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Eating
     

Eating

Director: Henry Jaglom

Cast: Lisa Richards, Mary Crosby, Gwen Welles

 
The title of Henry Jaglom's stream-of-consciousness Eating says it all. Three women (Lisa Blake Richards, Mary Crosby and Marlena Giovi), each celebrating a "milestone" birthday, decide to throw a joint party. Attending the revelries is French documentary filmmaker Martine Nely Alard, who becomes fascinated when none of the guests will touch the meticulously

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The title of Henry Jaglom's stream-of-consciousness Eating says it all. Three women (Lisa Blake Richards, Mary Crosby and Marlena Giovi), each celebrating a "milestone" birthday, decide to throw a joint party. Attending the revelries is French documentary filmmaker Martine Nely Alard, who becomes fascinated when none of the guests will touch the meticulously prepared birthday cake. As Martine begins interviewing the partygoers, she discovers the importance that food holds in each of their lives. One of the most revelatory improvisational monologues is delivered by a matriarch portrayed by Frances Bergen, the real-life widow of Edgar Bergen and the mother of Candice. Though Eating is not for everyone's taste, for those in tune with the fiercely independent Jaglom, the film is a cinematic smorgasbord.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
A typical entry in Henry Jaglom's talky oeuvre, Eating features an ensemble cast of Hollywood nobodies exhausting a topic of discussion, and in this case the topic is food. With very little plot, the film follows an intimate cinéma vérité style that suggests the actors are having real conversations at a real birthday party. Most of the attendees are ultra-neurotic actresses and other Southern California party gals, with the exception of the matronly Frances Bergen, who appears to represent the myth of traditional femininity. Talking about food quickly evolves into revealing deep obsessions, eating disorders, and a multitude of personal dissatisfactions. While a pseudo-documentary about women openly discussing body issues could have been interesting, Eating grows old very fast. Jaglom has selected a roomful of privileged, upper-class, mostly white women, and he indulges in every self-depreciating thought they ever had. The point is made very quickly and frequently, accented by moments of sincere humor amidst the psychobabble from wealthy model types complaining about their relationship to food. Although it might seem annoying to some, the film is also strangely fascinating on a voyeuristic level as these women are letting their usually superficial guard down for all to see. Jaglom has a distinct filmmaking style that is surely not for everybody, but those that enjoy peering into the neuroses of others may find Eating to be an interesting social study.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2004
UPC:
0767685964934
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
New Video Group
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Filmmaker commentary by Henry Jaglom; Filmmaker biography; Interactive menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lisa Richards Helene
Mary Crosby Kate
Gwen Welles Sophie
Nelly Alard Martine
Frances Bergen Whitney
Elizabeth Kemp Nancy
Marlena Giovi Sadie
Daphna Kastner Jennifer
Marina Gregory Lydia
Beth Grant Bea
Savannah Smith Boucher Eloise
Claudia Brown Gabby
Rachelle Carson Cathy
Anne Curry Cory
Donna Germain Gerri
Aloma Ichinose Maria
Taryn Power Anita
Jacqueline Woolsey Milly
Toni Basil Jackie
Hildy Brooks Actor
June Christopher Actor
Kim Knode Actor
Juliette Marshall Actor
Margot Rose Actor
Mindy Seeger Actor
Lisa-Marie Soble Actor
Katherine Wallach Actor
Carole Ita White Actor
Ann Bell Actor

Technical Credits
Henry Jaglom Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Hanania Baer Cinematographer
Andrea Fenton Set Decoration/Design
Judith Wolinsky Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Early Morning Rituals [9:23]
2. A Delicious Time [10:34]
3. All in the Family [9:37]
4. Motherly Advice [9:36]
5. Professional Courtesy [10:13]
6. Anecdotal Evidence [10:40]
7. Painful Occupation [8:35]
8. Unconditional Love [8:48]
9. Misery Loves Company [9:09]
10. The Way You Are [6:55]
11. Truth Be Told [6:02]
12. Ready for Love [9:31]

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