Genre: Drama, Thriller
Year Released: 2022
Runtime: 1h 32m
Director(s): Philip Barantini
Writer(s): Philip Barantini, James Cummings
Cast: Stephen Graham, Vinette Robinson, Jason Flemyng, Ray Panthaki
Where To Watch: Available now at Second Sight Films (Region B)
RAVING REVIEW: A powerful film that reflects the intense world of the high anxiety service industry firsthand. The atmosphere in the movie says it all, allowing the viewer to experience these feelings almost as though they were there.
BOILING POINT is an intense and immersive drama that takes the viewer on a journey through the high-pressure world of a busy restaurant kitchen. The film's one-shot, handheld camera work captures the energy and chaos of the setting, alternating between fast-paced action and intimate moments. Director Philip Barantini maintains a balance between intense action and character development without a dull moment. The cast delivers authentic performances that make it feel almost like a documentary.
The film reminds me of Chef Charlie Trotter in many ways; I just recently watched the documentary “LOVE, CHARLIE,” and the connection was almost immediate. Although I’m assuming this is a similar experience with many chefs in high-intensity kitchens. The service industry, in general, tends to keep people on edge.
If you've ever worked in a restaurant kitchen, you'll appreciate the unflinching reality presented in BOILING POINT. The film perfectly captures the tension, teamwork, and essence of the restaurant business, and the long, uncomfortable camerawork makes you feel the claustrophobic stress of working in a busy kitchen. Stephen Graham is excellent as a troubled chef, trying to hold it all together while his private life has essentially collapsed into a mess of debt and strained relationships.
Like so many films released this year, production was interrupted due to the COVID pandemic; thankfully, they were able to return and finish the project.
While the film is highly effective, it could have been a bit longer and had a fully fleshed-out conclusion. It leaves the viewer wanting to know what happened to the business, the customer, and Stephen Graham's character. I recently read that the BBC has confirmed a sequel series with the main cast returning to reprise their roles and bringing Barantini in to direct the first two episodes. This was genuinely a top-notch film that is to be noticed by anyone interested in character-driven dramas.
- New audio commentary with producers Hester Ruoff, Bart Ruspoli, and writer James Cummings
- New audio commentary with actors Jason Flemyng and Ray Panthaki
- Boiling Over: A new interview with producer Hester Ruoff
- Pot Boiler: A new interview with producer Bart Ruspoli
- Simmering Steady: A new interview with writer James Cummings
- The Making of Boiling Point
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:
- Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Andrew Bannister
- 70-page soft cover book with new essays by Howard Gorman, Clarisse Loughrey, Christina Newland & Matthew Thrift
- Six collectors' art cards
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