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ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN

ROADRUNNER: A FILM ABOUT ANTHONY BOURDAIN

Morgan Neville · USA · 2021 · 119 mins · 14A
IMDb7994%
Sep 27 5:00 & 7:30pm
Sep 28 5:00 & 7:30pm

When Anthony Bourdain died of suicide in 2018, it hit the world with a force of an earthquake: he was a man who coupled a devil-may-care cynicism with a huge, beating heart that shone through in everything from his dishes to his documentaries.

In that spirit, Morgan Neville‘s Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain takes us straightforwardly through Bourdain’s highs and lows: His early days as a chef, his runaway success with Kitchen Confidential, the travel shows that would come, his struggles with drug addiction on both sides of his life, and so much more. His friends and colleagues pop on screen as talking heads — John Lurie, brother Chris, fellow chef David Chang — reflecting on his incredible, mercurial nature. “The least I can do is to see the world through open eyes,” Bourdain confesses of his job’s ethical compass — the responsibility one has as a wealthy white American traveling the globe and observing the cultures and cuisines of the Global South. Neville extends that same empathy right back in Bourdain’s direction. Watching Roadrunner feels like engaging in a kind of collective mourning, a desperate bid to understand a man who meant so much to so many, even if we never met him. For those of us who cared about Tony, whether through the television or a recipe, this is essential viewing.--Consequence

 “The film also offers a powerful survey of grief that combines with its celebration of Bourdain's life”The Nation

“A compelling, well-made portrait of a fascinating, witty, and complicated man.”--FilmWeek

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