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The Mistress of Spices (2006)



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Director Paul Mayeda Berges adapts author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni magic realist tale about an enchanting Indian orphan who has leaned to harness the magical properties of spices. Orphaned by regional strife in her homeland of India, Tilo (Aishwarya Rai) is subsequently kidnapped by a vicious gang of bandits. A daring escape is quick to follow, and soon after washing up on mysterious shores the traumatized girl is sheltered by a benevolent old woman (Zohra Segal) who reveals to her the remarkable powers of common spices. Later, after moving to Oakland, California and opening her own spice shop, Tilo is compelled to follow three strict stipulations is she is to retain her ability to harness these magnificent powers: she must never use the powers for her own gain, she can never venture outside of her store, and she must never make contact with the skin of another person. When a handsome architect (Dylan McDermott) crashes his motorcycle just outside of the shop and the kindly proprietor rushes to his aid, the instant chemistry between the pair soon finds Tilo's resolve put to the ultimate test.

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Anupam Kher
as Geeta's Grandfather
Shaheen Khan
as Jagit's Mother
Nina Young
as Doug's Mother
Toby Marlow
as Young Doug
Zohra Segal
as First Mother
Rebecca Bowden
as Bougainvillea Girl
Harvey Virdi
as Geeta's Mother
Cosima Shaw
as Doug's Ex-Girlfriend
Bansree Madhani
as Young Tilo
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Critic Reviews for The Mistress of Spices

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (7)

It's such a disappointment that the end result is a bland, feeble fable.

October 20, 2017 | Full Review…

About all that can be said about The Mistress of Spices is that actress Rai manages to retain a straight face while uttering some of the most risible dialogue ever heard in a supposedly serious drama.

July 28, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Emphasizes the pleasures of scent, taste and touch to a remarkably tantalizing degree.

July 28, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Magic and realism just don't belong together here.

May 6, 2006 | Rating: 2/5

Imagine Like Water for Chocolate without the passion. Such is the premise of Mistress of Spices, Paul Mayeda Berges's film-directing debut.

May 4, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Beautiful but lifeless, poetic but unelevated.

April 25, 2006 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Mistress of Spices


I watched this a long time ago. It's okay.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Ridiculous & stupid, And Rai is kinda annoying

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

A lovely film with beautiful colors placed into the film...can a woman whom can assist with destiny for others find her true love?? ....Aishwarya Rai is beautiful and is good in this film along with Dylan McDermott.

Mason Williams
Mason Williams

Super Reviewer

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