Julie & Julia
8 October 2009
This movie is from our archive and is not currently screening.
Starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Chris Messina.
Directed by Nora Ephron.
Classification: PG (Infrequent coarse language), 123 mins.
Official Site: http://www.julieandjulia.com/
Julie Powell (Amy Adams) is 30 years old, living in a run-down apartment in Queens and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life, and she invents a deranged assignment. She will take her mother's dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic Mastering the art of French cooking, and she will cook all 524 recipes. In the span of one year.
At first she thinks it will be easy. But as she moves from the simple Potage Parmentier (potato soup) into the more complicated realm of aspics and crepes, she realizes there's more to mastering the art of French cooking than meets the eye. With Julia's stern warble always in her ear, Julie haunts the local butcher, buying kidneys and sweetbreads. She sends her husband on late-night runs for yet more butter and rarely serves dinner before midnight. She discovers how to mould the perfect Orange Bavarian, the trick to extracting marrow from bone, and the intense pleasure of eating liver. And somewhere along the line she realises she has turned her kitchen into a miracle of creation and cuisine. She has eclipsed her life's ordinariness through spectacular humour, hysteria, and perseverance.
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