Wednesday, October 9 2013, 10:31 AM MDT
Movie Review: Haute Cuisine
3 out of 5 Stars
Director: Christian Vincent
Starring: Catherine Frot, Arthur Dupont, Jean dOrmesson
Genre: Biography, Drama, Comedy
Recommended To: Chefs, masters of cuisine and fans of biopics for people who may or may not actually be interesting enough to have a film made about their life.
Synopsis: A biopic about Hortense Laborie, a rural chef, and her days while working as the private chef for Francois Mitterrand, the president of France.
Review: While watching Haute Cuisine I constantly found myself wondering what inspired director Christian Vincent to want to make a film about a relatively unknown person who, while somewhat interesting, didn't exactly do anything all that remarkable. The film does give audiences a peak behind the curtain of how certain aspects of the French government work, but its essentially the typical red-tape bureaucracy that dominates most political dramas. The script is a bit odd as the story is mostly delivered via flashbacks as Hortense Laborie prepares for her last day of work at a remote research facility where she has been head chef for a year. Why Vincent and co-writer Etienne Comar decided to present the film in this fashion isn't entirely clear. Seeing Laborie in a different environment, other than the Presidential Palace, is nice, but her life at the facility isn''t as explored as I would have liked.
Haute Cuisine is a good film and will appeal to those that like low-key character studies, those with a taste cooking or French cinema in general. If you don't fall within one of those groups there isn't much here to hold your attention.
-Ryan Michael Painter