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A warm and enjoyable small-scale film. Read full review
"Witty and brisk" is not the name of a French breakfast cereal, but it does describe a certain brand of French film, the type that coquettishly flirts with comedy while sprinting in the direction of dry, sophisticated charm. Such is Haute Cuisine. Read full review
Writer-director Christian Vincent and co-writer Étienne Comar, aided by Frot's quiet intensity, imbue Hortense's quest to pull off culinary miracles with an urgency that's almost absurdly compelling, and all the more entertaining for it. Read full review
An epicurean dream where the dishes conjured up by the characters are as essential to the experience as the characters themselves.
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Haute Cuisine is light on plot, long on flavor and deliciously French. Read full review
Its restraint is its strength. The focus on a woman's passionate hard work without need of marital-status back story is refreshing. Read full review
Unfortunately, the film itself is so determinedly middle-brow with little to dislike other than how eager it is to please and how wary it is of offending. Unlike Hortense’s flavorful cooking, Haute Cuisine is aggressively bland. Read full review
Narrowness of focus keeps the movie from becoming bloated with self-importance, but it also leaves it feeling a little inconsequential. Read full review
A bonbon, not of a full-course meal. Foodies will smack their lips over many delectable shots of victuals prepared by the film's engaging protagonist, a provincial woman chosen to cook for the president of France. As a story, though, it's insubstantial - there's conflict here, but it feels perfunctory. Read full review
As flatly directed by Christian Vincent, Haute Cuisine is a reserved, très simple tale that raises the occasional smile and tummy rumble but keeps hiccuping because of the drawn-out parallel story about her subsequent tour of duty. Read full review
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