KINGS OF PASTRY
(Chris Hegedus, D. A. Pennebaker, France/Netherlands/U. S./UK). 86 minutes. Some subtitles. Rating: Sixteen pâtissiers vie for the coveted Meilleur Ouvrier, the industry’s highest honour, in this luscious co- production by two venerated documentarians.
Problem is, it’s almost too much of a confection. Chris Hegedus ( The War Room) and D. A. Pennebaker (Don’t Look Back) fail to ratchet up the tension, and we’re not totally invested in any of the pastry chefs.
The judges even step in at times to encourage the competitors. Iron Chef pastry-style this isn’t. But that’s kind
of cool, too.