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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Reeling Review #9: See Eat With Me at Chicago's LGBT Film Festival

Writer/director David Au's first feature film, Eat With Me, made me hungry for Chinese dumplings, which the lead characters make in the movie. It also made me smile quite often with its sweet and charming story of a mother and her gay son becoming better acquainted.

Au introduces us to Emma, who leaves her husband one day and moves in with her gay son Elliot. He runs a struggling Chinese restaurant, and soon his mother's delicious dumplings find their way on to his menu. Elliot also learns to accept a little bit of love into his life, while Emma becomes more accepting of his sexuality. It's a simple premise that is well told with humor and heart and many wonderful performances, including Teddy Chen Culver as Elliot, a scene-stealing Nicole Sullivan (MADtv) as Elliot's neighbor, and Aidan Bristow as a cute musician who falls for Elliot. I also must mention Burt Grinstead, who provides some shirtless eye candy, and Star Trek's George Takei, who makes a brief but memorable appearance as himself. However, the star of the film is the fabulous Sharon Omi, whose emotional and amusing journey as Emma made me smile the most.

In his movie, Mr. Au uses food as a way to communicate - between a mother and her son or two potential lovers - and Eat With Me will make you want to share a few dumplings with someone.

Show time: 7 pm, Sunday, September 21, at the Landmark's Century Centre Cinema (2828 N. Clark). There will be a post-screening Q&A with David Au.
Running time: 95 minutes

For a complete schedule of films at Reeling32: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival (which runs through September 25), go to You can purchase tickets online (click here) or in person at Chicago Filmmakers (5243 N. Clark) Monday - Friday 10:30 am - 6 pm. You can also get the latest festival news by following Reeling on Twitter and Facebook. And click here to read all my Reeling reviews.

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