‘Chicken With Plums’ (2011)
The movie is named after an entree, so you know it’s crucial. It’s a favorite dish of an Iranian musician (Mathieu Amalric) whose wife (Maria de Medeiros, from “Pulp Fiction”) breaks his violin during a fight. A decadeslong feud ensues in this fable, which is like a sadder “Amelie,” and which culminates with her making him the dish as a test of his will to live. The lesson (paraphrasing an old truism about London): If you’re tired of chicken with plums, you’re tired of life.
‘Soul Food’ (1997)
Macaroni and cheese, ham and collard greens look incredible in a movie that’s centered around a Sunday family tradition. Bickering and even serious ruptures happen in between Sundays, but no matter what, the table is packed with a ridiculous amount of food in a boisterous comedy/drama where a matriarch (Hall) teaches her daughters (Vanessa L. Williams, Nia