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 David Azoulay
as Hortense Laborie
as Nicolas Bauvois
as Jean-Michel Salomé
as Pascal Lepiq
as David Epenot
as Jean-Marc Luchet
as Le serveur
as The President
as Arnaud Fremier
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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.
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From 11/01/2014. Here's a trailer of the film Haute Cuisine (Les Saveurs du Palais), a 2012 French film on the true story of Daniele Malet-Delpeuch, a private chef for two (2) years to 1981-1995 President Francois Mitterrand (1916-1996). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxxI9_BLj88 I like the film. The president and the chef love authentic French cooking. Here's the dialogue of the final scenes between them before the chef resigns to later become a truffles farmer in New Zealand. One evening, the president visits the private kitchen. Chef: Can I help you, Mr. President? President: I'm fine. Mrs. Arvelet said you'd received some truffles. Chef: Yes, that's perfectly correct. Do you want to see them? President: Do you mind? Chef: Not at all. President: I suppose they're the first of the season. Chef: Yes. Look at that! President: How marvelous! Are you familiar with truffles a la croquet au sel? Chef: There's little about truffles I'm not familiar with. After preparing the truffles for the president, the chef opens a bottle of wine. Chef: Chateau Rayas 1969. President: Thank you. Perfect. They're making life hard for you? Me, too. Adversity.... Personally, adversity keeps me going. The spice of life. You see? Good evening, Ma'am. Chef: Good evening, Mr. President. Please take great care of yourself, everyone, and thank you for all you do. Love, Mel & Gracie
It appears that Haute Cuisine focused too much on making the audience hungry and forgot about the message it was trying to portray
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!
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