The Mistress of Spices (12A) <!-- none onestar twostar threestar fourstar fivestar -->

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The Independent Culture

Unimaginably fey and dreary tale of a young Indian woman (Aishwarya Rai) whose knowledge of the beneficent magic of spices lends her second sight and, soon enough, the gratitude of customers in her San Francisco spice store. Who knew the difference that a few cardamom seeds could make? Once smoothie architect Dylan McDermott enters the scene the film loses what small savour it had.