Haute Cuisine
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Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic (Jean d'Ormesson) appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps... -- (C) Weinstein

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With a title like Haute Cuisine, one can expect a high degree of gastronomic titillation. On that score, the film delivers."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"A pleasant dramedy inspired by a true story."
‑ Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly
"It's mouth-watering, but not exactly nutritious."
‑ Jay Stone, Canada.com
"A marvelous performance by Catherine Frot as Le President's private cook."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Delicious in every way: a must for foodies, but also for anyone who wants to see beautiful work done on the screen, presented in the most prideful way."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
""Haute Cuisine" has no grand conflict or important message or really anything much that you'll remember past dinnertime, but it has abundant charm and it leaves you hungry, which is all we ask of a food movie."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
""Haute Cuisine" is a bonbon, not of a full-course meal."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"Unlike Hortense's flavorful cooking, Haute Cuisine is aggressively bland. It's the type of French film that you'd recommend to people who think they don't like French films for being arty."
‑ Kimber Myers, The Playlist
"A feature-length cooking show with some biographical details thrown in for good measure."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"Vincent seems to have consciously designed Haute Cuisine as a small movie...But that simplicity is a winning choice."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"Haute Cuisine is an epicurean dream where the dishes conjured up by the characters are as essential to the experience as the characters themselves."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"If you love France and food, separately or in combination, you will almost certainly forgive Christian Vincent's workmanlike direction, the tedious score, and the near-total absence of dramatic conflict."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A small pleasure, especially for those of us who love our "food movies.""
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"This movie keeps up a vigorous pace and carries you along on the force of its self-confidence."
‑ Hank Sartin, RogerEbert.com
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