EAT WITH ME
Directed by David Au
Official Selection, 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival
Official Selection, 2014 Frameline Film Festival
There’s nothing quite as disarming as food, and when it comes to family and its drama, there’s nothing quite like the ritual of the meal to relax and comfort us into confronting our differences and sharing our passions. David Au’s EAT WITH ME knows that feeling of gustatory and emotional pleasure all too well.
From a most original opening scene of a wife Emma (Sharon Omi) realizing how trapped she is in marriage, to her tentative visit to her son Elliot (Teddy Chen Culver), Au has us similarly disarmed through light humor. Elliot is a chef struggling to attract customers to his restaurant, while feeling distant from a mother who hasn’t quite come to terms with the fact that he is gay. But with the help of Elliot’s irreverent neighbor Maureen (Mad TV’s Nicole Sullivan), Emma is exposed to a world unencumbered by expectations – and by husbands.
In his first feature-length film EAT WITH ME, writer and director David Au gives us a story filled with rich and complicated characters that jovially mirror those in our own lives. It shares insight like a family shares a meal: with an eye to tradition, a joy for improvisation, and always with a chair open to a friendly visitor. –Eric Lallana