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Film Forum is pleased to present the U.S. theatrical premiere of KINGS OF PASTRY, by legendary documentary filmmaking team, D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus (DONT LOOK BACK, MONTEREY POP, THE WAR ROOM), opening September 15. Sixteen contenders seek the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France ("MOF"), France's highest honor in the sublime art of patisserie, employing vast amounts of sugar, butter and eggs - not to mention adrenaline - to create gorgeous, fantastical, delicious creations. Some of the world's most accomplished chefs gather in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Food Network is awash with cooking- and baking-competition shows, but The Kings of Pastry operates on a much higher level."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"What makes Kings of Pastry more than a sugar-coated showcase of culinary porn is its emphasis on the individual human dramas that exist behind all of these delicacies."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"Beyond the competition, "Kings of Pastry" celebrates food as an art form to be savored, not a commodity to be consumed absent-mindedly."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"The premise is pastry, but the story is about having a dream"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"I know, I know ... how exciting can a cooking movie be? As it turns out, really exciting."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Documentary peeking into a high-stakes French competition will fascinate foodies."
‑ John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"As satisfying as, er, pain au chocolat."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"These guys are obsessed."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"[A] light-as-a-cream-puff film about a pastry competition in France."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The arcane world of elite dessert chefs forms the atmospheric setting one of the ultimate tests of strength and spirit. Another winner from Hegedus and Pennebaker."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"The documentary proves almost as sweet as its subject."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Beyond the treats, which are complicated and no doubt mind-bending to consume, the film has its layers as well."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"... through highly skilled directing and editing, this documentary comes alive with universal concerns and emotional content."
‑ Emily S. Mendel,
"Slowly blossoms into something engaging and even poignant, despite an uninspired, point-and-shoot style that rivals Sarah Palin for its lack of inquisitiveness."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"If you are addicted to the Food Channel and cannot get enough of Gordon Ramsey, "Kings of Pastry" is a must see...if you have a sweet tooth, your mouth will water and your mind whirl with this carefully balanced ballet of culinary delight."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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