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Haute Cuisine

Haute Cuisine

Original Title: Les Saveurs du palais
Director: Christian Vincent
France | French
2012 | 95min. | Colour
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: HD CAM SR
All Ages
Former French President François Mitterand may have been a fervent advocate of the European Union, but when it came to food, he had no doubts about the supremacy of French cuisine. In this charming foodie fantasy, Mitterand appoints Hortense Laborie, a renowned chef from Périgord, as his personal cook at the Élysée Palace in Paris in order to savour the best recipes of his country. Based upon her real experiences in the French government, award-winning screenwriter Etienne Comar and director Christian Vincent have whipped up delectably quick-witted comedy chock-a-block with political infighting and delightful plot twists between courses.

Madame Laborie is at first astonished that the president chose her out of many brilliant cooks, yet she soon realises that there is no time to linger over his motives. Thanks to her indomitable spirit, she quickly proves herself in her new position in the high-strung hierarchy of the palace’s culinary headquarters. Played with great flair by Catherine Frot, the female chef inadvertently establishes a unique relationship with Mitterand through her elegant yet heartfelt cuisine. Yet even as her gustatory arts entice the President, Laborie must concoct a strategy to conquer the kitchen of the palace, a domain where male power reigned before her arrival. With an immaculate eye for fine-dining detail – and partly shot at location in the Elysée – Haute Cuisine celebrates the timeless appeal of Gallic cookery, spicing it up with some zesty political intrigue.

– Miryam van Lier

Director,  Christian Vincent

Director,  Christian Vincent

Christian Vincent was born in Paris, France. He studied film at the French Institute of Cinema (IDHEC) and worked as a writer and assistant editor before making his first short film Il ne faut jurer de rien (1983). His feature debut The Discreet (1990) won the César Award for Best Debut. He continues to write, with credits including Cedric Klapisch’s Perhaps (1999). Other directing credits include Separation (1994); Save Me (2000) and The Children (2005).

Cast and Crew

Director
Christian Vincent
Cast
Catherine Frot, Jean d'Ormesson, Hippolyte Girardot, Arthur Dupont, Jean-Marc Roulot, Arly Jover
Production Company
Armada Films, Vendôme Production
Music
Gabriel Yared
Producer
Etienne Comar, Philippe Rousselet
Screenwriter
Etienne Comar, Christian Vincent
Editor
Monica Coleman
Cinematographer
Laurent Dailland
Art Director
Patrick Durand
Sound
Stéphane Thiébaut
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