A young boy called Fanis becomes a man through the tutelage his grandfather gives him in cookery and life lessons. Growing up to become an expert chef, Fanis returns to his birthplace of Istanbul to rediscover what has been missing from his life.
A Touch of Spice might be overly sentimental but it was absolutely massive in Greece; however, it just doesn’t translate particularly well.
The film presents a warm and good-natured portrayal of family life, but at the expense of delving deeper into any of the characters or creating a genuinely gripping story, as scenes and characters flit across the screen.
It all feels a little bit like flicking through a stranger’s scrapbook.
Perhaps a little bit more spice should have been added into the mix.