Haute Cuisine (2013)
Critic Consensus: 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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as Hortense Laborie
as The President
as David Azoulay
as Nicolas Bauvois
as Jean-Marc Luchet
as Pascal Lepiq
as Le serveur
as Arnaud Fremier
as Jean-Michel Salomé
as David Epenot
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Critic Reviews for Haute Cuisine
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.
"Haute Cuisine" is a bonbon, not of a full-course meal.
Audience Reviews for Haute Cuisine
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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