Maria, an immigrant who came to the USA roughly twenty years ago has dreamed of owning a restaurant and bringing food to others for as long as she could remember.
“I am looking forward to seeing this film about a struggling young woman who finds a way to open her own restaurant” she said before the film. “I was once that girl, alone, and I felt I had no voice in this big country. I came to America at 21, speaking only polish, I got on a plane from Poland with $50 in my pocket, with no family and no where to stay.” Maria said.
After the film was over, Maria spoke to me about her thoughts about the film. She said it was interesting the way director, Mai Tominaga compiled the movie.
“I found it interesting that the director entwined animation in the movie.” she said. “The scenes of Rinco preparing the food were very beautiful, and I could smell and taste the food she was making.”
“I feel the movie shows the love for food and how it can change the lives of others. People Don’t realize the power of food and how food can bring families together. I got emotional when Rinco was reading the letter from her mother. Even though Rinco never thought her mother loved her, her mother did deep down inside.”
Maria went on to tell me how she felt the movie really inspired her again to try opening a small business or maybe start catering her European style foods.
“I feel this movie was meant for me to watch and I feel empowered to give my dream another shot.”