Haute CuisineOriginal Title: Les Saveurs du palais
Director: Christian Vincent
France | French
Subtitles: Arabic, English
Format: HD CAM SR
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