Feast of Love

Feast of Love

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Director: Robert Benton, Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Radha Mitchell

Cast: Robert Benton, Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Radha Mitchell

     
 
A group of friends living in suburban Oregon come into contact with a sensual free spirit named Chloe (Alexa Davalos), who changes their outlook on life in the most unexpected of ways in this ensemble drama adapted from the acclaimed novel by author Charles Baxter. As college professor and writer Harry Stevenson (

Overview

A group of friends living in suburban Oregon come into contact with a sensual free spirit named Chloe (Alexa Davalos), who changes their outlook on life in the most unexpected of ways in this ensemble drama adapted from the acclaimed novel by author Charles Baxter. As college professor and writer Harry Stevenson (Morgan Freeman) sits quietly in the coffee shop of his tight-knit Oregon community, the local residents all around him all become swept up in the magical mischief of love. Coffee shop owner Bradley (Greg Kinnear) has a bad habit of looking for love in all the wrong places, and his relationship with wife Kathryn (Selma Blair) is a prime example of that penchant. Meanwhile, frazzled real estate agent Diana (Radha Mitchell) becomes ensnared in a taboo affair with a married man (Billy Burke), lovely newcomer Chloe attempts the formidable task of romancing troubled soul Oscar (Toby Hemingway), and Harry's own wife, Esther (Jane Alexander), affectionately tries to get through to her husband as he wrestles with the pain of losing a loved one. Fred Ward, Alexa Davalos, Stana Katic, Toby Hemingway, and Erika Maroszán star in a whimsical tale of intersecting lives inspired by Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, and directed by Robert Benton (Nobody's Fool, The Human Stain).

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2008
UPC:
0883904099970
Original Release:
2007
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The Players of "Feast of Love"

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Morgan Freeman Harry Stevenson
Greg Kinnear Bradley Smith
Radha Mitchell Diana
Billy Burke David Watson
Selma Blair Kathryn
Alexa Davalos Chloe
Toby Hemingway Oscar
Stana Katic Jenny
Jane Alexander Esther
Fred Ward Bat
Erika Marozsán Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Benton Director
Deborah Aquila Casting
Allison Burnett Screenwriter
John Chichester Art Director
Marisa Forzano Associate Producer
Cara Giallanza Asst. Director
Ted Gidlow Associate Producer
Linda Goldstein Knowlton Producer
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer,Executive Producer
Gary Lucchesi Producer
Lori McCreary Executive Producer
Fisher McCreary Executive Producer
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Kramer Morgenthau Cinematographer
Steven A. Morrow Sound/Sound Designer
John Penotti Executive Producer
Eric Reid Executive Producer
Tom Rosenberg Producer
David Scott Rubin Executive Producer
Fisher Stevens Executive Producer
Missy Stewart Production Designer
Harley Tannebaum Executive Producer
Stephen Trask Score Composer
Tricia Wood Casting
Richard S. Wright Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Feast of Love - Fullscreen
1. Love & Laughter (Main Titles) [3:02]
2. With Each Other? [4:18]
3. Dog Hater [4:32]
4. Romeo and Juliets [4:00]
5. Only Until Friday [1:06]
6. A Better Person [5:46]
7. Tagged Out [2:09]
8. Null and Void [4:51]
9. In the Foyer [3:25]
10. Black, to Go [5:08]
11. Right and Wrong [4:33]
12. Absence of Disqualifiers [3:26]
13. Indefinitely [:56]
14. Pretty Little Face [1:17]
15. Cursed! [1:54]
16. Laurel and Hardy [4:56]
17. Yes, the Coffee Guy [4:52]
18. At Least Two [4:21]
19. The Only Meaning [3:45]
20. Fancy Meeting You Here [3:47]
21. Nice Place [2:19]
22. Transitions [2:40]
23. It's Everything [4:01]
24. Open Hearts [2:20]
25. Goodbye [5:10]
26. The Gift of Courage [3:47]
27. Beginning Again [3:58]
28. End Titles [4:55]
Disc #1, Side B -- Feast of Love - Widescreen
1. Love & Laughter (Main Titles) [3:02]
2. With Each Other? [4:18]
3. Dog Hater [4:32]
4. Romeo and Juliets [4:00]
5. Only Until Friday [1:06]
6. A Better Person [5:46]
7. Tagged Out [2:09]
8. Null and Void [4:51]
9. In the Foyer [3:25]
10. Black, to Go [5:08]
11. Right and Wrong [4:33]
12. Absence of Disqualifiers [3:26]
13. Indefinitely [:56]
14. Pretty Little Face [1:17]
15. Cursed! [1:54]
16. Laurel and Hardy [4:56]
17. Yes, the Coffee Guy [4:52]
18. At Least Two [4:21]
19. The Only Meaning [3:45]
20. Fancy Meeting You Here [3:47]
21. Nice Place [2:19]
22. Transitions [2:40]
23. It's Everything [4:01]
24. Open Hearts [2:20]
25. Goodbye [5:10]
26. The Gift of Courage [3:47]
27. Beginning Again [3:58]
28. End Titles [4:55]

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Feast of Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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It is always puzzling when films of the caliber of FEAST OF LOVE are short-lived in the theaters, usually scantily attended in the shadows of the big, mean, noisy blockbusters. And when film buffs begin to believe that the meaningful movies only come from foreign sources, out pops the DVD release of a jewel like this film, a story so well written (Allison Burnett), directed (Robert Benton), and acted by a gifted cast to show under scrutiny that it is the equal of the best of the 'sensitive films'. Based on a novel by Charles Baxter (and adapted by Allison Burnett, another extraordinary writer of his own novels CHRISTOPHER: A TALE OF SEDUCTION and THE HOUSE BEAUTIFUL), the story takes place in Portland, Oregon and examines the lives and love stories of myriad characters, each of whom is connected in some way to the father confessor of the town, one elderly professor Harry Stevenson (Morgan Freeman) who not only narrates the threads of the people's lives that round out this film, but also plays a significant role as a father of an only son who died in the recent past from a heroin overdose, a man bruised and experienced in the vagaries of life, supported by his wife Esther (Jane Alexander), both of whom cope with their loss by extending their love to young people. Bradley Thomas (Greg Kinnear) is an artist and an optimist who own Jitters, a coffee shop, and is married to Kathryn (Selma Blair) who loves sports...and leaves him for a woman who awakens her lesbian longings. A young recovering drug abuser Oscar (Toby Hemingway) works in Bradley's shop and in a magic moment falls in love with a sensitive free spirit named Chloe (Alexa Davalos) and is hired by Bradley on a whim. Bradley doesn't understand the complications of love: he is an optimistic romantic, but with an indomitable spirit that allows him to progress through marriages like a hero! Searching for a place to live after his marriage fails, he meets real estate agent Diana (Rhadha Mitchell) who despite the fact that she is having an extended love affair with married David (Billy Burke), a relationship consisting solely of 'nooners' with wine and sex, sees the rare vulnerable goodness in Bradley and once again Bradley is in love, headed toward marriage. Meanwhile Oscar and Chloe share dreams for a perfect future despite a problem with Oscar's alcoholic abusive father Bat (Fred Ward) and some ominous warnings from palmist/card reader (Margo Martindale). At the heart of each of these affairs of the heart is the supportive Professor Harry, a wise man who observes reality and yet retains the courage to offer advice and love to all of the characters. In a short time Bradley's marriage to Diana fails as Diana returns to the now available David, and in a moment of angst Bradley wounds himself, is taken to a Dr. Vikashi (Erika Marozsán) for treatment and ends up falling in love yet again - and this time the feeling is wholly mutual. And just when the playing field of love seems even, a major tragedy occurs which bonds all of the players surrounding the wise Harry and Esther and the resolution of all of the aspects of the feast of love come round. What makes this film so very successful is the gentle manner in which it is written and directed and acted. There is not a weak element here in this survey of the power and force of love. Some may find the generous scenes of lovemaking a problem, but these scenes are in integral part of the story and never border on the superfluous or gratuitous level. The cast is excellent: the pleasure of seeing actors of this wide age range work together in such a fine ensemble manner is doubtless due in large part to not only the individual actors of quality but also to the director. This is a beautiful film, happy and sad, tender and enriching, and hopefully will be seen by a large audience now that it is available on DVD. Highly recommended. Grady Harp