The Taste of Things
Cannes Festival Winner, Best Director
14A, mature content.
Dir: Trân Anh Hùng.
France/Belgium, 2023, 135 min.
Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel.
In French with English subtitles.
“A gastronomic feast so rich and romantic, it’ll leave you woozy… It takes us back to 1885, the heyday of classic French cooking, and a sun-drenched Anjou château that’s home to Dodin Bouffant and his cook, Eugénie (Juliette Binoche). He’s a renowned chef searching for new inspiration… she’s his muse and the object of all his desires. Her cooking can reduce garrulous men to hushed silence and her salty good sense and directness serves as a pin in his balloon-sized ego. Magimel is a delight as the pompous but devoted Dodin. And Binoche is luminous even as Eugénie is ailing from an undiagnosed condition. Deep emotions bring a palpable charge to this poised, patient film… Anyone who thinks eroticism in cinema is dead needs to witness Dodin sitting to watch the woman he loves eating a dinner he’s prepared for her… Food is a gift of love here – and romance courses through this delightful film.” —Phil de Semlyen, Time Out