'Step Up to the Plate'

COLIN COVERT | Updated 10/18/2012

The French film documents the hand-over of a renowned restaurant from father to son.

There's a shot of stunning beauty near the opening of this French documentary. Before director Paul Lacoste digs into the family politics of running a renowned restaurant, he shows us the intricate care with which top chef Michel Bras composes a salad -- a breathtaking culinary bouquet too beautiful to eat and too tempting to resist. Bras, who runs his restaurant in southern France with his adult son Sebastian, is a perfectionist whose brilliant talent has created a rich legacy (and responsibility) for his son to inherit. The film records the hand-over of the three-star Michelin restaurant in 2010, finding understated poignancy in Sebastian's self-doubt. (Unrated. In subtitled French.)