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Haute Cuisine (2012)

Les saveurs du Palais (original title)
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The story of Danièle Delpeuch and how she was appointed as the private chef for François Mitterrand.

Director:

Christian Vincent

Writers:

Etienne Comar (screenplay), Christian Vincent (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Frot ... Hortense Laborie
Arthur Dupont ... Nicolas Bauvois
Jean d'Ormesson Jean d'Ormesson ... Le Président
Hippolyte Girardot ... David Azoulay
Jean-Marc Roulot Jean-Marc Roulot ... Jean-Marc Luchet
Philippe Uchan Philippe Uchan ... Coche-Dury
Laurent Poitrenaux Laurent Poitrenaux ... Jean-Michel Salomé
Hervé Pierre Hervé Pierre ... Perrières (as Hervé Pierre sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Brice Fournier Brice Fournier ... Pascal Lepiq
Roch Leibovici Roch Leibovici ... Olivier Moncoulon
Thomas Chabrol ... Le directeur de cabinet du préfet
Arly Jover ... La journaliste Mary
Joe Sheridan ... Le photographe John
Louis-Emmanuel Blanc Louis-Emmanuel Blanc ... Arnaud Fremier
David Houri David Houri ... David Epenot
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Storyline

Hortense Laborie is a celebrated chef living in the Perigord region. To her great surprise, the President of the Republic appoints her as his personal cook. She accepts reluctantly but once she has accepted her nomination, Hortense works her heart and soul to produce both a stylish and authentic cuisine. For a while, she manages to impose herself thanks to her sturdy character and despite the jealousies she arouses among the other chefs. For a while only, unfortunately for her and for... the President. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Based on a Deliciously True Story. See more »

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Biography | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language. | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

19 September 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bon appétit! See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,387, 22 September 2013

Gross USA:

$217,883

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,384,015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Claude Rich was considered for the role of the President. See more »

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Mélange de saveurs
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Catherine Frot is a Magical Screen Presence
25 February 2014 | by gregorybnycSee all my reviews

I've only seen Catherine Frot in one other movie--Coline Serreau's stunningly complicated CHAOS and she was marvelous. So when HAUTE CUISINE showed up on Netflix, I jumped at it. I love movies about food--WHO IS KILLING THE GREAT CHEFS OF EUROPE?, BIG NIGHT, MOSTLY MARTHA, EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN, BABETTE'S FEAST. They almost always manage to find humanity, absurdity and gently funny moments associated with food. Based on the real story of the first female chef who comes to cook for President Mitterand at the Elysee Palace, HAUTE CUSINE is a sweetly earnest story of Hortense Laborie, a fine French cook who is pulled away from her truffle farm in France to become the personal chef of the French president. Along the way she will encounter the petty and mean-spirited competition from the all-male kitchen that serves the palace, as she works tirelessly to provide the President with the foods he remembers from his childhood. The story is told in flashbacks as Hortense s finishing up a year-long stint as a cook for a research group in Anartica.

What makes the film work is the casting of Catherine Frot as Hortense. This superb actress gives Hortense a tense, focused and convincing believability. Horrtense arouses total loyalty from her sous chef and maitre'd as the palace personalities around her make life often rather difficult. Losing her calm only once, Frot has a confrontation in the movie that is a very satisfying answer to the pettiness she is surrounded by at the Palace. It is in stark contrast to the grateful affection she is shown by the men she cooks for every day in coldly forbidding Anartica.

HAUTE CUISINE is a quiet film of disarming charm. It doesn't break new ground, but it is a very satisfying movie which Catherine Frot at its center. Some have complained here that is a trifle and I'm not entirely disagreeing, but it is a movie worth seeing. I know I'll be seeing it again.


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