Ratatouille (movie)

REVIEW: 'The Lunchbox' ★★★ 1/2

REVIEW: 'The Lunchbox' ★★★ 1/2

To the small but choice list of films that gracefully mix a passion for food with other potent emotions — think "Babette's Feast," "Eat Drink Man Woman," "Big Night," even "Ratatouille" — you can add one more: "The Lunchbox."

Written and directed by Ritesh Batra in his feature debut, "The Lunchbox" succeeds by leavening its simple story of mistaken identity with neo-realistic observations of ordinary middle-class life in Mumbai and environs.

Central to "The Lunchbox"'s conceit is the celebrated Mumbai institution of dabbawallas, whose modus operandi we see under the opening credits. This network of...