FOR GRACE

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(Kevin Pang, Mark He­lenowski, U. S.). 93 min­utes. Rat­ing: NNN The life and ca­reer of Chicago chef Curtis Duffy is ex­am­ined as he works to launch his first restau­rant, Grace. Pro­duced in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Chicago Tri­bune (co- direc­tor Kevin Pang is the pa­per’s dining re­porter), this is an in­or­di­nately con­ven­tional doc­u­men­tary; with its twin­kling mu­si­cal score and high-speed con­struc­tion mon­tages, it feels like ev­ery public tele­vi­sion project you’ve watched over the last decade and a half.

But Duffy’s a charis­matic sub­ject, and his per­sonal his­tory – which emerges about half­way into For Grace af­ter vague hints of a rough child­hood – gives real stakes to the oth­er­wise ev­ery­day goal of open­ing a very nice restau­rant.

NW Apr 26, 7 pm, Sco­tia­bank 3; Apr 28, 3:15 pm, ROM; May 2, 4:15 pm, Fox

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