Film Review: Haute Cuisine(2012)

I consider myself lucky for being able to live where people have super easy access to the cinema. It’s a mere 10 minute walk from home, resulting in impromptu visits at early hours of the day. Tuesday was such a day, and I watched <Haute Cuisine> at 9 o’clock in the morning.

It is pretty uncommon that foreign films other than those from the US, Canada and the UK make it to the screens here. That is one of the reasons I wanted to give it a shot, and another is that it’s related to food. Food is good! Haute Cuisine is even better! And yet another reason is that it’s running in the cinemas here long after its original release date, which was in 2012. It must have been particularly asked, or it wouldn’t be around in March 2015, now would it?

<Haute Cuisine> was anything but blockbuster, hardcore, overly emotional or full of unexpected twists and turns. Quite the contrary, in fact. The film was as if Hortense Laborie was calmly reciting her time back in the Palais de l’Élysée – providing a sense of sitting at a comfortable story time around the fireplace at night. And a tad bit like a story that grandpas and grandmas would tell their grandchildren, a tale of which they are not so secretly proud.

The cinemas are not exactly flowing with films that revolve around the kitchen, so it was impossible for me not to think of <Chef>. Whereas <Chef> was invigorating, a little clamorous and overall elated, <Haute Cuisine> was calm and filled with murmurs and quiet dialogues instead of shouts. Albeit this, it didn’t become boring and I was glad about it.

I’m trying to be more conscious about what I eat every day. And I regard food sovereignty a very serious theme that should be discussed more often and more openly. So I couldn’t but wholeheartedly agree with the idea that there has to be a philosophy to our diet, to the way we cook. I personally would give 4 out of 5 to <Haute Cuisine>. ★★★★

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