Haute Cuisine (Les saveurs du Palais) 1.0 stars

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Lovely but slight, Haute Cuisine tells the (based on a true) story of a country chef — played with ease, energy, and middle-aged grace by Catherine Frot — who became personal chef to the president of France, all because she knew how to cook with the simple elegance of his grandmother. The film opens as she's finishing up a year cooking for a research team in Antarctica, and teases the viewer with the notion that she's in exile, self-imposed or otherwise. What sent her from the presidential palace? A culinary disaster? Bureaucratic bean counters? Stingy dieticians? Jealous rivals in the kitchen? What crisis could have forced her to live and work so far from the bounty of *la belle* France? The answer will almost certainly disappoint. But if the drama collapses like a bad souffle, most everything else — photography, performance, mood — is delectable. 2012.

Matthew Lickona

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eastlaker Oct. 3, 2013 @ 11:55 a.m.

Must say I enjoyed this film very much! And not an explosion to be seen or heard!

Just intelligent conversation, interesting characters in unusual circumstances and a glimpse of the lives of some people whose priorities are distinctly at odds with the wasteland of what is considered popular culture.

Thanks to all who continue to foster a sense of excellence in what they do in life! In this case, it is a gifted cook, and all those who brought her story forward.

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