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Haute Cuisine (2013)

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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

Cast

Catherine Frot
as Hortense Laborie
Jean d'Ormesson
as The President
Hippolyte Girardot
as David Azoulay
Arthur Dupont
as Nicolas Bauvois
Jean-Marc Roulot
as Jean-Marc Luchet
Brice Fournier
as Pascal Lepiq
Hugo Malpeyre
as Le serveur
Louis-Emmanuel Blanc
as Arnaud Fremier
Philippe Uchan
as Coche-Dury
Laurent Poitrenaux
as Jean-Michel Salomé
Herve Pierre
as Perrières
David Houri
as David Epenot
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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.

October 3, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

"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 | Rating: 3/4
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Haute Cuisine is an epicurean dream where the dishes conjured up by the characters are as essential to the experience as the characters themselves.

October 3, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A pleasant dramedy inspired by a true story.

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

September 27, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

September 26, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
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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!

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

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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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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