A tragic love story set at the turn of the millennium in Milan. The film follows the fall of the haute bourgeoisie due to the forces of passion and unconditional love. Emma (Tilda Swinton), a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan, is overwhelmed by the luscious cuisine and a younger man.
The New York Times called this seductive dinner scene (Tilda Swinton eating Prawns with Ratatouille and sweet and sour sauce) "prawnography."
Some scenes from the movie were inspired by the film Ratatouille, but the real inspiration came from culinary chef and adviser behind-the-scene Carlo Cracco, the owner of the Milan-based (two Michelin stars) Ristorante Cracco. Cracco's comment on food in the movie: “Cooking is, above all, communication, because it is where the magic of interchange may take place. It ties people together and unites them with this very fine and magical thread that is food".