Haute Cuisine

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“Delicious in every way: a must for foodies, but also for anyone who wants to see beautiful work done on the screen” - David Noh, Film Journal International

"Witty and brisk … Haute Cuisine coquettishly flirts with comedy while sprinting in the direction of dry, sophisticated charm." – John Anderson, Wall Street Journal

“Light on plot, long on flavor and deliciously French … it slides down a treat …filled with mouth-watering visuals.” – Bernard Besserglick, Hollywood Reporter


Based on the extraordinary true story of French President François Mitterand's private chef, Haute Cuisine follows the impassioned and talented Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a successful cook living in relative obscurity in the Périgord. Much to her astonishment, Hortense is recruited by none other than the President of the Republic (Jean D'Ormesson) for her ability to create dishes reminding him of his childhood. He appoints her his personal cook, the first woman ever responsible for creating meals in the kitchen of the Élysée Palace. Hortense's indomitable spirit and tireless devotion to the art of authentic cuisine win her the President's respect and affection, but also the fierce jealousy of the veteran chefs preparing 300-person state banquets. Amid rigid protocol and suffocating bureaucracy a battle for influence over the head of state rages among the kitchen staff, and Hortense sets out to prove that she can take the heat. From writer/director Christian Vincent (La Séparation). (Dir. by Christian Vincent, 2012, France, in French with English subtitles, 95 mins., Rated PG-13, Weinstein Company) Digital


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