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March 30, 2014

Viewers will savor the cinematic meal that is 'The Lunchbox'


The setup is reminiscent of “Sleepless in Seattle,” and this film works like a sitar riff on Nora Ephron’s themes of the vicissitudes of human emotions and love. Shot by Michael Simmons, edited by John F. Lyons and scored by Max Richter, Hollywood talent all, it has the free, fluid feel of a polished Western romantic comedy. Though the film vividly captures the bustle of Mumbai, it has a contemplative pace that allows us to savor the script’s wry humor and melancholy irony.

The tone is light-spirited but bittersweet. It allows us to imagine that the characters will live happily ever after but doesn’t impose that as the inevitable conclusion. Like the best meals it leaves you elated, satisfied and wanting more.

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