The Fruit Hunters
There are, however, a small number of people that refuse to succumb to the humdrum fruit selection at grocery stores, instead seeking odd and interesting fruits from the far and remote places elsewhere on our planet. These people are the subjects of The Fruit Hunters, a documentary from director Yung Chang, which explores the curious world of these obsessive fruit enthusiasts.
Similar to David Gelb's Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which explored the dedicated craft of sushi, Chang encapsulates the passionate love affair some individuals have with fruit, vividly showcasing some of the world's most exotic specimens on-screen in an attempt to induce salivation from the audience.
This visual feast is based on Adam Gollner's bestselling book of the same name, which, like the doc, addresses issues such as preservation, global commerce and genetic modification while tethering it to the human relationship with fruit over the centuries. While the film's primary focus is on the fruit itself, it eventually evolves into an examination of human passion and curiosity, as well as the connection between Mother Nature and humankind.
An appearance by actor Bill Pullman furthers this by offering his personal story to the film, describing his crusade to create a community orchard in his own Hollywood neighbourhood.
While The Fruit Hunters is sure to appeal to food enthusiasts and those with a fanciful palate, those expecting something similar to Chang's debut documentary, Up the Yangtze, may be disappointed with this far more banal and unremarkable offering. (Kinosmith)
ReviewsMar 26, 2015
The Riot ClubLone Scherfig
Initially, Lone Scherfig's The Riot Club doesn't seem like much. Miles (Max Irons) and Alistair (Sam Clafin), two very different affluent yo...
ReviewsMar 20, 2015
If you didn't know it already, or hadn't figured out after hearing his "joke" at this year's Academy Awards, Sean Penn is kind of a dick. Bu...
ReviewsMar 19, 2015
Watership DownMartin Rosen
Though Martin Rosen's adaptation of Richard Adams' famed novel Watership Down encompasses an abundance of themes and concepts including fata...
ReviewsMar 19, 2015
Drake's Homecoming: The Lost FootageEvan Kosiner
Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of Drake's career knows that no, Aubrey Graham did not actually start from the bottom. By all accounts ...