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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Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d'Ormesson) appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps... -- (C) Weinstein
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Hippolyte Girardot
as David Azoulay
Catherine Frot
as Hortense Laborie
Arthur Dupont
as Nicolas Bauvois
Arly Jover
as Mary
Philippe Uchan
as Coche-Dury
Herve Pierre
as Perrières
Laurent Poitrenaux
as Jean-Michel Salomé
Brice Fournier
as Pascal Lepiq
David Houri
as David Epenot
Jean-Marc Roulot
as Jean-Marc Luchet
Nicolas Chupin
as Anthony
Hugo Malpeyre
as Le serveur
Jean d'Ormesson
as The President
Louis-Emmanuel Blanc
as Arnaud Fremier
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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (14)

With a title like Haute Cuisine, one can expect a high degree of gastronomic titillation. On that score, the film delivers.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Toronto Star
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"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.

October 3, 2013
Seattle Times
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Haute Cuisine is an epicurean dream where the dishes conjured up by the characters are as essential to the experience as the characters themselves.

Full Review… | October 3, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A pleasant dramedy inspired by a true story.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
Entertainment Weekly
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"Haute Cuisine" is a bonbon, not of a full-course meal.

Full Review… | September 27, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013
Boston Globe
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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

Mel Gonzales
Mel Gonzales

It appears that Haute Cuisine focused too much on making the audience hungry and forgot about the message it was trying to portray

Miguel Romero
Miguel Romero

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!

Bathsheba Monk
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