Eating

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

Filmmaker commentary by Henry Jaglom; Filmmaker biography; Henry Jaglom and the cast of Eating on the Phil Donahue Show; The films of Henry Jaglom trailers
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • UPC: 684682000314
  • Original Release: 1990
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  • Source: Rainbow Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Anniversary Edition
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 66,061

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Eating
1. Old Goals/New Opportunities [10:19]
2. Helene's Mother Arrives [10:11]
3. Sister Issues [12:55]
4. Even in France [9:23]
5. Potential [7:05]
6. Camera Confessions [9:57]
7. Women and Food [8:46]
8. Broken Trust [10:58]
9. "All I Hear is Food" [5:46]
10. The Way You Look Tonight [1:50]
11. "Please Help Me" [7:55]
12. End Credits [10:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Eating
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   Extras
      Original Commentary by Director Henry Jaglom - On
      Original Commentary by Director Henry Jaglom - Off
      The Films of Henry Jaglom
      EPK Clips
      Henry Jaglom on Phil Donahue
   Trailer
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