Do you throw around the word foodie a lot? Do you proudly proclaim that your love of fine cuisine defines and motivates you and it's your dream to be a jet-setting foodinista who visits Michelin-starred temples of dining for sport? Then please take a look at Foodies: The Culinary Jet Set and tell us that it doesn't look like a lonely, enervating, and empty existence.
It's a new, as-yet-unreleased documentary that follows a group of well off, food-obsessed food whores as they traipse the globe dropping thousands of dollars on a whim to visit the world's best restaurants. "For lunch you get like thirteen courses, and then at dinner you get another thirteen courses, and sometimes you feel that you are packed [full]," says one of these foodie subjects as we see her dining on several twee bites surrounded by white tablecloths.
Don't get us wrong, some of this food does look fantastic; but there's no doubt a sort of darkness about the look of the film, and an implicit critique of this kind of incessant decadence and consumption. Co-directors Thomas Jackson, Charlotte Landelius, and Henrik Stockare have chosen a group of people who seem a bit solitary, quirky, and not that self-aware. As they call them, "a group of slightly bizarre but charming food maniacs."
But I mean, just look at that British man, basically talking to himself at his table for one (though the cameras are rolling), chewing with his mouth open and muttering things like "Champagne goes with everything" and tell us that you honestly envy him.
Foodies will be seeing a no doubt limited release in February 2014.