Touching, beautiful, emotional and deep while at the same time funny.
The story of two cities, Athens and Istanbul, is revolving around the habits and behavior of the Greeks living in Istanbul and moving to Greece to live there after some political turmoil in the 50s.
The story starts with young Fanis in Istanbul, his introduction to many aspects of life by his family either in the kitchen or in the spice stores of his grandfather and ends there many years later when the grandfather is dieing.
Through these years, Fanis became a professor of astrology but never forgot his first love in Istanbul, a beautiful young Turkish neighbor and all the teaching by his grandfather.
The photography is exceptional captivating and makes you just ready to visit both cities.
This very same photography is full of symbolism with the camera moving freely into the space and the essence of the locations, capturing the binding elements of the two cities and the people.
The music is magnificent and again is able to identify common themes, sounds and tunes that link the two countries.
The kitchen is of course the centerpiece of the action.
Cooking is not just a necessity; it is the very essence of family gathering, decision-making, fun, challenge, and family life.
This film identified some strong similarities of both peoples and presented them in a wonderful emotional and realistic way.
Hospitality, the importance of the family, cooking and eating as a means of social and family strengthening, love and respect are all aspects that link the two people.
In fact, once we saw this film we started cooking a lot more dishes from the "Istanbul Cuisine" or as the title of the film in Greek is "Politiki Kouzina " which means just that.