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The Taste of Others

The Taste of Others (2000)



Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 57 | Rotten: 0

The Taste of Others is a fresh, witty comedy about the attraction of opposites. The characters are well-drawn and engaging and their social interactions believable.


Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 0

The Taste of Others is a fresh, witty comedy about the attraction of opposites. The characters are well-drawn and engaging and their social interactions believable.



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Agnes Jaoui co-writes and directs this romantic comedy of manners set in France's rustic Provence. Unpolished and ultra-pragmatic industrialist Jean-Jacques Castella (co-scripter Jean-Pierre Bacri) reluctantly attends Racine's tragedy "Berenice" in order to see his niece play a bit part. He is taken with the play's strangely familiar-looking leading lady Clara Devaux (Anne Alvaro). During the course of the show, Castella soon remembers that he once hired and then promptly fired the actress as an

Feb 26, 2002

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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (0) | DVD (5)

Succeeds with believable characters and situations born of lives well studied.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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The movie's unique appeal lies less in the style than the substance -- particularly, in the emerging hero at the centre of the tale.

November 30, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Slyly written, the intelligent social satire is surely acted and ... confidently, ably directed.

September 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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There are some things the French do better than we do, and the small movie is one.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A worldly-wise, compassionate and charmingly acted Gallic comedy.

June 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Confirms that France may be producing, per capita, more good films than any country on the globe.

June 15, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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the perfect date film for those with a fondness for Rohmer, Roquefort, and Chablis.

June 3, 2003 Full Review
Detour Magazine

The type of movie you watch for the acting and the character development, which are both outstanding

May 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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A witty, wry examination of what happens when opposites attract.

February 25, 2002
Jam! Movies

... demonstrates that, as in real life, reel life may be both bitter and sweet, sometimes simultaneously.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source:

First time director Agnes Jaoui has done a fine job of springing this little life lesson on us.

December 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

A knockout piece of entertainment.

December 1, 2001
Jam! Movies

With keenness, subtlety and unexpected twists, The Taste of Others reveals all. And makes us smile at the revelations.

September 14, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It is an interesting character study as far as it goes, but it seems a bit slight and low-key. It isn't simplistic, but it isn't all that rich and complex, either.

September 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

A genial yet insightful comedy-drama, a film of rare grace and honest humor.

September 11, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

An affectionate portrait of a cross section of humanity.

August 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Jaoui ... has an unerring eye for the things men and women do to impress each other.

July 12, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

An alert, unusually observant comedy of manners that is often very funny and cynical about human foibles but also comes with a melancholy underlay that's pensive and tender.

June 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

An exemplary ensemble piece, with a script as warm, witty and insightful as the performances.

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

May well be one of the best ensemble performances this year.

May 29, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
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Audience Reviews for The Taste of Others

Jean-Jacques, businessman gets smitten by Clara, actress and English teacher, and gets out of his depth amongst her arty friends. I liked this film. It showed a real grasp of the complexities of attraction and how one mans unrequited love is another woman's unappreciated attention.
And it has a happy ending too. I'm a sucker for a happy ending..
February 13, 2011
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