Date Showing Showing On 6, 8, 9 June
Time Showing Monday 6pm, Wednesday 4pm and Thursday 6pm


M 1hrs 52mins
drama | 2021, France | French

France, 18th Century. The prestige of a noble house depends above all on the quality of its table. At the dawn of the French Revolution, gastronomy still is a prerogative of the aristocrats. When talented cooker Manceron is dismissed by the Duke of Chamfort, he loses the taste for cooking. Back in his country house, his meeting with the mysterious Louise gets him back on his feet. While they both feed a desire of revenge against the Duke, they decide to create the very first restaurant in France.


Mature themes

Éric Besnard
Original Review
Julian Wood, FILMINK
Extracted By
Mark Horner
Grégory Gadebois, Isabelle Carré, Benjamin Lavernhe, Guillaume de Tonquédec

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Storyline (warning: spoilers)

A French movie concentrating upon haute cuisine, who would have thought? Eric Besnard’s historical drama plays absolutely on the idea that cooking and serving food are as French as the Eiffel Tower. It also helps that the film is set in the late 1780s, which brings in the whole idea of the imminent change to the social order. Revolution is another great French pastime.
Another theme is the old tension between Paris and the regions. Paris is more than just the capital, it is a world unto itself and a whole attitude of mind, and the provinces will always feel both more authentic and yet somehow resentfully lesser to that great city.
The main character is Pierre Manceron (Gregory Gadebois). He is a brilliant chef who cooks for the foppish Duke de Chamfort (Benjamin Lavernhe) and his circle. Early on, it is established that Pierre’s skill is being hijacked to make the vain and cruel Duke look good. When some of his silly aristocratic friends criticise a banquet, the Duke feels personally shamed and immediately takes it out on Pierre by dismissing him. Pierre is stunned but accepts his lot.
In a year or so, the corrupt aristocracy will be swept aside in the Revolution. However, Pierre is not a natural revolutionary. Instead, he sets up in a wayside tavern where news of the brilliance of his cooking soon gains him great esteem in the region. At this point, the insouciant and mysterious Louise (Isabelle Carre) strolls into his life. She has a past which she chooses not to share. However, she is determined to become his apprentice and sous chef. We see immediately that there is chemistry between them but they firmly put that aside to get on with the business of building the reputation of their establishment.
Visually, the film is lush and detailed as you would expect, and the characters have charm. We are with safe hands with Gadebois; one of those character actors that never fails to get work, and equally never fails to deliver. Carre too, is well cast and enjoying her role.

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