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While it'll certainly be an easier sell for foodie filmgoers, Haute Cuisine's beautifully filmed biopic should satisfy most viewers hungry for a beautifully filmed dramedy.
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With a title like Haute Cuisine, one can expect a high degree of gastronomic titillation. On that score, the film delivers.
"Haute Cuisine" has no grand conflict or important message or really anything much that you'll remember past dinnertime, but it has abundant charm and it leaves you hungry, which is all we ask of a food movie.
Haute Cuisine is an epicurean dream where the dishes conjured up by the characters are as essential to the experience as the characters themselves.
A pleasant dramedy inspired by a true story.
"Haute Cuisine" is a bonbon, not of a full-course meal.
If you love France and food, separately or in combination, you will almost certainly forgive Christian Vincent's workmanlike direction, the tedious score, and the near-total absence of dramatic conflict.
It's mouth-watering, but not exactly nutritious.
Unlike Hortense's flavorful cooking, Haute Cuisine is aggressively bland. It's the type of French film that you'd recommend to people who think they don't like French films for being arty.
A small pleasure, especially for those of us who love our "food movies."
A marvelous performance by Catherine Frot as Le President's private cook.
A feature-length cooking show with some biographical details thrown in for good measure.
Delicious in every way: a must for foodies, but also for anyone who wants to see beautiful work done on the screen, presented in the most prideful way.
A bon-bon of a film. It reminded me of Hyde Park on the Hudson in that nothing actually happens. But while Hyde Park dwelled on FDRs smarmy adulterous affairs, this one dwells on FRANCE! On French food in detail, beautifully photographed and lovingly (that's the only word to describe it) described. How the food is sourced, how the food is prepared, how much every one enjoys it! If there's a more pleasant scene in current film than the French president sitting down in a humble kitchen and enjoying an illicit meal of sliced truffles on buttered toast with a suitable red wine I don't know what it is. There is some conflict with the main kitchen and the boys who run the place, but it wasn't enough to actually call a plot, but that's not what you see a movie like this for. And make sure you have reservations at a good restaurant afterwards!
Though enjoyable to watch, this film seems pointless and trivial, as it merely follows a woman in charge of preparing the meals for the President of France - and it never offers any real conflict to justify its existence.
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