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Foodie movie "The Taste of Things"

by James Natsis » Sun Dec 10, 2023 3:35 pm

I had a chance to catch this film at the Speed Museum yesterday for a special Talk Cinema showing. The movie was surprisingly France's submission to the academy awards this year. I say surprisingly, because the Palme d'Or winner, "Anatomy of a Fall," seemed to be a shoo in.

More surprisingly, this is a film that spends its first, I think 40 mns or so, with a continual scene with a team preparing a gourmet dinner in rural, late 19th century France. The movie is exceptional. It exudes everything about why France is what it is in the culinary world.

I didn't know anything about this film until I decided to go see it with lukewarm expectations. This is a true chef d'oeuvre (masterpiece) and I would say of a generational nature. The patience and attention to detail and the "less is better" technique was so audacious, but remarkable. Most folks in this forum would really appreciate it.
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Re: Foodie movie "The Taste of Things"

by Robin Garr » Mon Dec 11, 2023 10:18 am

Thanks for the alert! Looks promising. Here's a link to the trailer:
https://youtu.be/wB2Y19XaPSs?si=iIRIe4yZtL5hyxB7
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Re: Foodie movie "The Taste of Things"

by James Natsis » Mon Dec 11, 2023 1:35 pm

Thanks, Robin.

Its interesting to compare the trailer for "The Taste of Things" which is Juliette Binoche-, and romance-centric likely tailored for a broader, English-speaking audience. The trailer (bande annonce) marked "La Passion de Dodin Bouffant" (see below) depicts the movie from a food-centric point of view which is "la passion" of Dodin Bouffant (bouffant comes from "bouffer" which is a crude way to say "to eat).

I emphasize this because the true star is food--in every sense. Even the romance is premised on a shared passion for food. Although Binoche is wonderful as usual, she is dispensable. We find that later in the film as well.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Cr8YcWPWeI
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