Enter the relentless pressure of a restaurant kitchen as a head chef wrangles his team on the busiest day of the year.
I have watched this movie once. This was on .
Stephen Graham stars as head chef in a busy fine dining restaurant. Through following him and his conversations, you learn of his troubles with his estranged wife and son, and how he's been sleeping rough for weeks. These are the backdrop and setup to a microcosm of the stressful modern working environment in the heart of the kitchen.
The whole movie is a rollercoaster but seems to continue delving down after a brief respite. There are so many different personalities, conflicting with each other yet also friendly. Everyone is putting on a facade, trying to cope with the situation they face almost every day; from a health inspector visit to uptight customers and lazy co-workers.
It's absolutely incredible that it is all shot in a single take. The camera moves from the kitchen to the restaurant, focusing on drama and following the staff. It isn't dry or stale, everything is always in motion.
This is honest filmmaking, overflowing with real-life situations everyone can relate to. At the heart of the story is personal demons and struggling to cope. The movie feels unbearable and anxiety-inducing at times, reflecting the characters we're watching.