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The Mistress of Spices
The Mistress of Spices
Actors: Aishwarya Rai, Dylan McDermott, Nitin Ganatra, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Caroline Chikezie
Director: Paul Mayeda Berges
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
PG-13     2007     1hr 32min

(Romance) Tilo runs a spice store in San Francisco and has a magical gift of seeing into her customers' lives and desires. But, when a handsome, enigmatic American with a secret past enters her store, Tilo?s own desires a...  more »


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Actors: Aishwarya Rai, Dylan McDermott, Nitin Ganatra, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Caroline Chikezie
Director: Paul Mayeda Berges
Creators: Paul Mayeda Berges, Deepak Nayar, Duncan Reid, Gurinder Chadha, Hannah Leader, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: Weinstein Company
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/22/2007
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 20
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Kristi G. from ROME, GA
Reviewed on 1/15/2008...
If, by chance, you are pagan, I think you will love this movie.
The ultimate chick-flick for women who LOVE the magick of spices and herbs.
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Charming tale of love & magic
D. Matlack | in Wild Wyoming | 06/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Came across this by sheer accident and I'm very grateful for it.

"Mistress of Spices" is a nice cross between "Bell, Book, & Candle" and "Like Water for Chocolate", with a dash of "Practical Magic". The rules are the same the Heroine maintains her powers and influence over the lives of others though selflessness and the manipulation of food stuffs. However to fall in love will result in negative consequences.

Arguably the main character of the movie is the Spice Bazaar itself. The set is lush in color and design, it is so remarkable that while watching the movie you might feel as though you are standing right in the middle of it and will begin to imagine the scent of all the combined spices.

Aishwarya Rai's natural radiance gives Tilo a gentle warmth that conveys a concern for others with very little effort and it's nice to see Dylan McDermott return to playing a handsome romantic lead who combines sensuality with respect. The two leads are charming, classy and beautiful, the story is stimulating and dreamy in quality compared to so many other romance movies which leave nothing to the imagination.

For a soothing and vibrant viewing experince, a bit of romance, and a touch of class with a satisfying ending. This movie is highly recommended - especially for repeat viewings, the Spice Bazaar is a pleasant place to visit."
"Everyone Has A Spice" ~ An Intoxicating Fragrance To Be Abs
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 06/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The rather obscure '05 release 'The Mistress of Spices' is a wonderfully engaging romance filled with magic and Hindu mysticism that caught my full attention from the beginning and carried me transfixed to the end. Aishwarya Rai and Dylan McDermott make an endearing couple trying to not only bridge the cultural gap between the two but also overcome the mystical connection between the beautiful Tilo (Aishwarya) and the exotic spices that fill her shop.

The key to the success or failure of this film is Aisharya's ability to make her spice store appear a magical space where she communicates with the fragrant essences surrounding her and exude a mystical essence about herself and her sacred duty as Spice Mistress. She does a magnificent job at both.

A rare treat awaits the unsuspecting viewer, I can't wait to watch it again!
Old and New World co-exist
LMB | Greensboro, NC USA | 06/21/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was a delight to watch. It's simple presentation of tradition and the power it holds trying to bond with the here and now. It shows that you can hold on to your beliefs and values and still find happiness. Beautifully work wonderful.......director did a great job."