Haute Cuisine is the best kitchen film since Big Night.
Like The Piano, it starts with the sea. We’re given time to see into waves, as if to warn or explain what’s to come…but since we don’t get it, we have to go on.
I haven’t cooked for the president but I’ve cooked for people who have a lot of other people revolving around them. And I’ve also cooked for communities that are in some way remote, if not Antarctic. The film and it’s depiction of a woman — as chef, servant, and just plain person — gave me my breath back by reflecting my life.
This is a list of scenes that I particularly like, for their accuracy or beauty.
carrot tops with Jean Marc.
cream cheese A+.
skipping ‘cross the courtyard.
the queen & jester.
And what a fun line this is:
“Such a tiresome illness is good health preserved by too much dieting.” -Montesquieu