Thursday, September 10, 2015

Haute Cuisine (2012)

Director: Christian Vincent
Starring: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Giradot, Jean-Marc Roulot, Phillippe Uchan, Laurent Poitrenaux, Herve Pierre, Brice Fournier, Roch Leibovici, Thomas Chabrol, Arly Jover, Joe Sheridan

While working as head of the kitchen in a research station in the Antarctic, Hortense Laborie is found by a journalist (Jover) and her team after they're informed that Hortense worked under the President as his private Chef. Providing him with home-cooked delicacies in a male-dominated kitchen, the film provides a dynamic on the difference between the powers that be in very different worlds.

Based loosely on the life of Daniele Mazet-Delpeuch and her time spent as the private chef for the longest-serving French President, Francois Mitterrand, this particularly cliched version of events benefits greatly from an outstanding performance from lead actress Frot and the colourful vision of food as present as a lead character itself.

What really works is the idea of a strong-willed woman willing to challenge herself in a hypocritically 'mans' world. While certain melodramatic moments such as the theatre show towards the end of the film jell well, most fall to pieces and will bore a male audience. d'Ormesson is a highly recognised French writer and journalist; Spanish actress Jover, whose apparently playing an Australian journalist, gives one of the worst accents in film history.


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