Unveiling the Reality of “From Scratch”
“From Scratch,” or “Desde cero” in its original title, has emerged as one of the most prominent releases of the past month and this month as well. While it may appear at first glance to be just another romantic series, it gradually evolves into a more authentic and complex narrative about love as the years go by. Starting off like a fairytale, the series morphs into a realistic portrayal of everyday relationships, something rarely depicted in movies or TV shows.
As we delve deeper into the series, we are increasingly amazed by its ability to understand the reality of being in a committed relationship. This is what led us to draw comparisons between “From Scratch” and shows like “Modern Love” in previous articles. Now, after its premiere and in the midst of a binge-watching marathon, we find ourselves revisiting the real story that inspired the series. With a tissue in hand, we alternate between the fictional tale starring Zoe Saldaña and Eugene Mastrandrea and the real-life story where love isn’t the only thing that stands out. This is our attempt to celebrate the narrative beyond fiction and its arrival on screens as something that the streaming world truly needed: more authentic stories about real love.
Before We Begin, What is “From Scratch” About?
“From Scratch” tells the story of Amy Wheeler and Lino, an intercultural love story that begins with the young American woman visiting Italy for a study trip. It is there that she meets and falls in love with Lino, a Sicilian chef. After the initial spark, which might seem like a summer romance, Amy and Lino’s relationship starts to become more serious, always accompanied by the constant cultural barriers between them. Where to live, where to settle down, and where to build a family become the challenges the couple must face, in addition to the familial problems that arise from their different backgrounds.
However, as they navigate through what seems to be every kind of difficulty, Lino’s health issues once again cast uncertainty over their path. It is in these moments that both families, despite their differences, come together to prove that in love, there are no boundaries.
Is “From Scratch” Based on a True Story?
The title gives it away, but before we delve into the details, we must highlight that the answer lies in two parts: yes and no. No, because “From Scratch” is based on the novel by Tembi Locke, “From Scratch: A Memoir of Love, Sicily, and Finding Home.” And yes, because even though Hollywood and the author herself employ narrative devices to make the story more (still) dramatic, her novel has autobiographical elements that shine a light on her relationship with her husband, Saro Gullo.
In conclusion, “From Scratch” is based on a novel that, in turn, draws inspiration from the real-life story of its author.