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Toast (2010/2011)

Opened: 09/23/2011 Limited

Angelika/NYC09/23/2011 - 09/29/20117 days
The Nuart10/07/2011 - 10/13/20117 days
Kendall Square...10/14/2011 - 10/20/20117 days

Trailer: Click for trailer

Genre: British Comedy/Drama

Rated: Unrated


Based on the award-winning book by Nigel Slater, TOAST tells the story of how the young Nigel falls in love with food as a little boy.

Growing up in a home when everything tinned is best Nigel craves real food. He loves cookbooks and gazes longingly at the delights on display in the village shop. When his mother dies he and his father are heartbroken but time heals and the ample charms and lemon meringue pies of the new cleaner, Mrs Potter, quickly bewitch Nigel's father. To Nigel's even greater horror, Mrs Potter moves in and the three move to the country. The only silver lining is the Domestic Science Class in his new school - Nigel can finally shine and when Nigel lands a job in the kitchen of his local pub his eyes are opened to a world of opportunity. But Mrs. Potter won't give up her supremacy in the kitchen without a fight... Only when his father dies, overfed by the relentless Mrs. Potter, is Nigel able to strike out on his own and head for a culinary future in London..

Long Synopsis

Based on the bittersweet story of food writer Nigel Slater's childhood, and set to the songs of Dusty Springfield, TOAST is a delicious love letter to the tastes and smells that a young boy associates with his journey into adulthood.

Nigel's Mother was always a poor cook, and her addiction to all things canned isn't helping. Nigel, on the other hand, laps up cookbooks as if they were porn, and spends all his free time gazing longingly at the delights offered at Percy Salt's grocery shop. Nigel's Dad worries there is something "wrong" with his son and the two find it difficult to connect, so Nigel finds friendship and a father figure in Josh, the gardener. As his mother's illness worsens, so do Nigel's relations with his father --- the Bolognese he cooks is far too exotic, the uncooked Fray Bentos pie MUST be finished, and his father's rage as Nigel insists on picking every last bit of jelly off the canned ham at the annual picnic hits an all time high. Dad then fires Josh for reasons unknown to Nigel.

Just before Christmas Nigel's mother dies, leaving Nigel and his father heartbroken. Their touching efforts to look after each other, often through gestures with food, sadly seem to miss the target. His father begins to spend his evenings at the Masonic lodge until a new cleaner, Mrs Potter, arrives on the scene.

Mrs Potter's curves, charms and lemon meringue pies quickly bewitch Nigel's father and much to Nigel's horror, the three soon embark on a move to the country. The one silver lining in the cloud of a new school is Domestic Science class, where Nigel can finally shine. Cooking soon becomes the key weapon in the battle for Dad's affections. Ironically, the main casualty of these culinary skirmishes between Nigel and Mrs. Potter is Nigel's father, as his waistline grows and grows. Hoping to escape the madness, Nigel lands a job in the kitchen of his local pub. It is here that Nigel's eyes are opened to a world of culinary opportunity.

When his father dies, Nigel's mind is set as he escapes the confines of the countryside and packs a bag for London, arriving at the door of The Savoy Hotel.