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The Taste of Things

(PG)

“Happiness is continuing to desire what we already have.”

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Overview

This gorgeous film won Tràn Anh Hung (The Vertical Ray of the Sun) Best Director at Cannes 2023, and it's not just thanks to the ultra-French combo of Juliette Binoche and cooking. It is La Belle Époque 1889, and Eugénie (a luminous Binoche) has spent the last 20 years as the highly esteemed personal cook to gourmand Dodin (Benoît Magimel) on his country estate. Their days unfold in the contented rhythms of an old married couple, planning intricate yet elegant meals for Dodin's guests as Eugénie tactfully evades his attempts to pin down their ephemeral relationship status. When Eugénie's ailing health disrupts their quiet equilibrium, the cook and the gourmet must take stock of what they truly value in life and love.

Winner - Best Director

Cannes Film Festival 2023

“Sumptuous, sensual and impossibly handsome”

The Guardian

“An instant culinary classic that exquisitely captures the kitchen’s bittersweet blessing.”

The New York Times

“Lingering on the tongue like a sip of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the film leaves one feeling a little drunk, desperately hungry and entirely alive.”

Wall Street Journal

Why You Should See This Film

Shot on location in a Loire Valley château this is a living, deeply intimate portrait of joyful indulgence even before we get to the food. And what food it is! "Culinary director" chef Pierre Gagnaire tempts us with classics of French cuisine from pot-au-feu to decadent poached pear fripé, all of which Tràn insisted be the real, edible deal— no sneaky food stylist tricks here, just mouth-watering delicacies prepared with love. As former partners, Binoche and Magimel bring an extraordinary warmth and gently simmering sensuality to their roles as late-in-life lovers, which melds perfectly with Tràn's restrained, delicate touch. The Taste of Things is a film to be savoured, but definitely not on an empty stomach.

Year:
2023
Rating:
PG
Director:
Tràn Anh Hung
Cast:
Benoît Magimel, Juliette Binoche, Patrick d'Assumçao, Emmanuel Salinger
Duration:
135 minutes
Language:
French with English subtitles

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