Bento Monogatari

Bento Monogatari (often translated as 'Lunchbox Story') is a 2010 short film by Pieter Dirkx. It was selected for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival in the Cinéfondation section. The film was the director's graduation project at the Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussels film school.


A woman tries to put some new life into her failed marriage by delving into the world of Japanese pop-culture. Every morning, she prepares a cute Japanese lunchbox (bento) for her husband, Frank, who works in the waste collection center. Frank is more interested in his beautiful, young, male colleague and secretly throws his lunchbox away before anyone sees it.


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    director Pieter Dirkx
    editor Pieter Dirkx
    genre comedy
    keywords bento failed marriage morning new life
    musicBy Eli Dirkx Pieter Dirkx
    theme short