Our film follows three girlfriends who have known each other since Primary School. When they were young, they were fearless and together would tackle the world head-on. In the present day, our three women are now all grown up. The film introduces us to Marie (Kirsten Olesen) who makes a sad discovery on Christmas night that her husband is cheating on her, Vanja (Kirsten Lehfeldt) who is struggling to move on and find romance after her husband passed away, and Berling (Stina Ekblad) who is attempting to live a fun and wild life but struggles to even connect with her own family and grandkids.
When Marie attempts to deal with her cheating husband, she tries to give her two friends an unwanted gift. This gift allows her to travel to Italy, attend a cooking class located in Puglia, and learn more about Italy’s way of fine dining. Instead, her two best friends convince her to still go and also take them along with her. Now all three ladies are together again, and attempt to break free from life and take on the world. Along the way, each character will try to overcome issues from their personal lives and maybe even reveal personal details they have never shared yet.
The Food Club is an excellent, feel-good movie about three women who try to support each other. For the most part, there is nothing overly new with this type of plot. Characters dealing with life issues only to go on a holiday trying to find peace is undoubtedly a familiar plotline. The same could be said about the type of issues each woman is experiencing. No matter how familiar the film feels or how predictable the outcomes are, I cannot deny how much of a feel-good vibe this movie still had.
The three leading characters are pleasing to watch on screen. The displayed friendship feels extremely convincing, and I would even say I felt like the actresses had some fun making the film with each other while sharing some beautiful meals. By the way, if you watch this film on an empty stomach, your stomach will hate you for it.
Visually, this film is pleasing and is shot in various locations. The audio track and vocals are all delightful, and while the film is subtitled in English, I found it relatively easy to watch, read and follow.
Overall, The Food Club is undoubtedly an upbeat, feel-good movie about three women who go through different life challenges, coming together once again to support each other and move forward. But unfortunately, it’s also a film that goes by familiar beats when it comes to the plot. Many conclusions are also predictable ones, but no matter what, I still had a good time. The characters on screen are compelling and believable at all times as they display that real friends never give up on the world or each other.
The Food Club (2020) is Now Available in Australian Cinemas!