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To eat good food is to be close to God.
I absolutely loved this. I can't remember exactly how it ended up on my Watchlist but it may have had something to do with the comparisons between it and Jon Favreau's Chef when that film came out. I liked Chef quite a bit, but Big Night is even more successful.
Primo and Secondo are two Italian brothers struggling to make a go of their restaurant in America. Primo (Tony Shalhoub)…
The only real flaw of this thing is that De Niro’s abusive behavior starts to feel repetitive and grating about halfway through, but this sort of works in the movie's favor towards the end when Liza gets to fully shine. It adds a level of release and freedom to her final hour of singing/performance without making it explicitly about her relationship to De Niro. It’s a beautiful ending to a very very sad story. The layers of film, stage, and performance blend together in truly surprising and emotional ways.