Beware: Do not show up to see Julie & Julia on an empty stomach or you
may run out in search of beef bourguignon before the second act.
Nora Ephrons feel-good
film seamlessly jumps between two stories: Julia Child learning to
cook in randy post-war Paris, and Julie Powell, a hapless pencil pusher
who decides to cook all 524 recipes from Childs iconic book, Mastering
the Art of French Cooking.
Meryl Streeps turn as the late chef is perfect enough to make us forget
the unfortunate Mamma Mia, but the real star is French food,
prepared and eaten with gusto. Watching Ms. Child fry butter with great
erotic fervor made us commit grave diet crimes on our way home from the
Guilty as charged, and bon appetit!
Julie & Julia, opens today at the
Scotiabank cinema, 977 Ste-Catherine St. W., Montreal, 514-842-5828, www.julieandjulia.com