Feast of Love
From venerable Academy Award winning director Robert Benton (“Kramer Vs. Kramer”) comes a kaleidoscopic ode to life and love in all its funny, sad, sexy, crazy, heartbreaking and life sustaining facets in: FEAST OF LOVE.
In a coffee shop in a tight-knit Oregon community a local professor and writer Harry Stevenson (Morgan Freeman) witnesses love whipping up mischief among the town’s residents. Among young and old, among both parents and lovers, among the sweet and the savage, among humans and even animals, Harry watches in awe as love mystifies, wounds, devastates, inspires, makes unreasonable demands and profoundly shapes the lives of everyone around him — including himself.
From the die-hard romantic coffee shop owner Bradley (Greg Kinnear) who has a serial habit of looking for love in all the wrong places, including with his current wife Kathyrn (Selma Blair); to the edgy real estate agent Diana (Radha Mitchell) who is caught up in an affair with a married man (Billy Burke) with whom she shares an ineffable connection; to the beautiful young newcomer Chloe (Alexa Davalos) who defies fate in romancing the troubled Oscar (Toby Hemingway); to Harry himself, whose adoring wife (Jane Alexander) is looking to break through his wall of grief after the wrenching loss of a loved one . . .
All of these strands intertwine into one epic love story in which no one can escape being bent, befuddled, delighted and ultimately redeemed by love’s inescapable spell.
This film speaks of different kinds of love including young love, older love, parental love. It also includes many adulterous affairs and a woman who cheats on her husband with another woman. Morgan Freeman as Harry Stevenson and Greg Kinnear as Bradley Thomas give strong performances. Harry’s son has recently died and he and his wife are dealing with the loss. He is friends with Bradley and Bradley goes through failed relationships because, as Harry tells him, “You don’t open your eyes.” In one poignant scene, when Harry is feeling low, he says to Bradley, “Is God dead, or does He just hate all of us?” Bradley replies, “God isn’t dead. He has given us the gift of being brave to deal with these things.” Harry, when he is up, says people should focus on the little blessings, which added a nice touch.
The movie’s theme seems to be that of either love being a trick which is played on us, or it is everything and nothing can compare to it. Unfortunately, this film has strong sex, nudity and language, and more than one adulterous affair, and we cannot award our Dove Seal to the picture.