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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has got a winner with The Lunchbox, an import from India.  We loved it so much, we watched it twice in a row, the second time listening to the director.  We do few foreign movie reviews, but in our experience Sony always knows the great imports and this is a film you've got to see.  Some people say The Lunchbox is for "foodies"- we sincerely are horrified by that term - everyone eats, and it's a matter of how and what.  We look for the best and the people behind it across the board, in food, fashion, entertainment and life in general, and would claim that to adore The Lunchbox you need to be human and appreciate humanity.  It's a movie for everybody.

The script is absolutely killer and could be made of steel, it's that strong.  The concept of a lunchbox in India was totally foreign to us; in bringing lunch to work or school in the USA, London and Ireland, we always brought it with us in the morning.  It was not complicated.  It was not delivered from our home made by someone else at home in the morning coming hot right in the nick of time for the clock to strike lunch hour.  
We didn't see anyone eating at their desk either...doesn't almost everyone not trying to make a lunch deal eat at their desk in Manhattan?
People actually go to a lunchroom in India.  And they eat their freshly delivered lunchboxes because too many people eat a banana for lunch, haven't you heard?  The wives make hot lunches for the office-working husbands.  We wonder if there are any husbands that stay at home sending in hot lunches for the office-working wives?  We did not see that in the movie.  It's essential you grasp this concept of hot lunchbox being delivered properly at lunchtime to the right person coming from the right home, and we understand even Harvard University verified that only one out of a million is misplaced.  Yes, they are that accurate.  

Except, sometimes, there can be a mistake.
Is it a mistake or a miracle?!?

In this story, Ila is the housewife and she leads a mundane, plain life of monotony.  She diligently prepares "The Lunchbox" day in, day out, for her unappreciative husband who is infuriating.  She kindly hands off the lunchbox to the delivery guy for her husband, and one day puts extra effort into making something special to rekindle their relationship which is all but dead.  How is he going to like her efforts?  We won't spoil it all for you, but she is one smart cookie and knows he is not the one who received the special the next day she writes a note in the lunchbox thanking whoever got it for eating it.

On the receiving end we meet office veteran widower Saajan, who has the seemingly unbearable task of training his replacement, who is the epitome of annoying, when he retires.  His office life in accounting is about as exciting as the life of a housewife, and he writes back to the initial note.  What ensues makes for a classic story, yet unique in nature.  You'll learn a bit about Indian culture including how older people are always addressed "Auntie" and "Uncle" even if they're not related to you.

The visuals are quite strong in the movie, particularly the fans, and a movie like this evidences how a stellar script and strong acting can carry a movie, minus special effects.  IMBD says the budget was a mere one million US dollars...

Everyone can be "too busy" in life.  With emails galore invading the world, personal handwritten notes can be quite nice. It's time to stop and smell the roses, and find out what's in The Lunchbox.   What is it that we live for?  The Lunchbox addresses a fine line between sad and funny...remember the wrong train can quite possibly get you to the right station. 
Perhaps there can be a sequel to The Lunchbox called The Samundari Thali on a Silver Platter?  That was fantastic at The Bombay Club.  Note that The Lunchbox was written in New York...with the nostalgic idea of when people worked for one place for 35 years.

The Lunchbox is Highly Recommended by Whom You Know!


– The debut feature from writer/director Ritesh Batra and official selection of the Cannes, Toronto, Telluride and Sundance Film Festivals, THE LUNCHBOX 
arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack* and Digital July 1 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 
This Sony Pictures Classics film tells the poignant story of two lonely people in India who find themselves corresponding when one of Mumbai’s dabbawallahs (lunchbox deliverymen) 
makes a one-in-a-million delivery mix-up. Featuring touching performances from Irrfan Khan 
(The Life of Pi), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Bombay Talkies) and Nimrat Kaur (Peddlers), 
THE LUNCHBOX shows us how love can help transform the unlikeliest of people. 
With the Blu-ray Combo Pack, fans can enjoy an exclusive commentary track featuring Batra.


A mistaken delivery in Mumbai’s famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects Ila, 
a neglected housewife, to Saajan (Irrfan Khan), a lonely man on the verge of retirement. 
Through a series of exchanged notes that they pass back and forth through the lunches, Saajan and Ila find comfort in their unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. 
Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in their virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

*Combo Pack includes Blu-rayä and DVD.

Special Features:

· Commentary track with writer/director Ritesh Batra

THE LUNCHBOX has a running time of 104 minutes and is rated PG for thematic material and smoking. The film is in English and Hindi with English subtitles. 

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