KINGS OF PAS­TRY

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(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.

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