OUT 29 SEPTEMBER / CERT 15 / 88 MINS DIRECTOR Peter Mackie Burns CAST Emily Beecham, Tom Vaughan-lawlor, Geraldine James, Nathaniel Martello-white
THERE’S BEEN A significant rise, in recent years, in the number of acerbic, difficult and downright unpleasant women — like this film’s cynical eponymous chef — being main characters. Thanks to a stunning performance from lead Emily Beecham and an assured hand from debutant director Peter Mackie Burns, this feels welcome. Fiercely independent and living a wilfully single life, she witnesses a stabbing which throws her life into unexpected crisis. It’s a compelling character study, and while the film isn’t entirely satisfying in the way it explores Daphne’s privilege or the limits of her tiny crisis, there’s charm in the awkward, heartfelt and funny ending that redeems much of that earlier failure.