This short animation takes a look at the redemptive power of food, wine, music and love through the eyes of our protagonist, Chuck. A husband and father, Chuck is jovially cooking dinner and listening to Chopin when his wife Sylvie spontaneously invites a group of boisterous colleagues over for dinner. The festivities begin to spiral out of control, and Chuck must find his way through a planned diner à deux that has turned into pandemonium. Filmmaker Bruce Alcock follows the fine tradition of beloved food films such as Babette’s Feast, using the preparation of a meal as a vehicle for exploring the grand themes of love and life through simple yet evocative line drawings.
Ages 18 to None
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Health/Personal Development - Problem Solving/Conflict Resolution
This animated short is ideal for psychology students learning about personality, temperament, conflict, and expectations in adult relationships. Where do you rate the main characters on the spectrum of introversion–extraversion? Why? Explain how line, colour, sound and music contribute to the characters’ personalities. How do the characters’ dialogue and the actors’ performances contribute? Is the couple’s underlying conflict resolved? Why? What conclusions do you draw about the nature of their relationship? How accurate can such a conclusion be?