I love eating, and I love puns. So when I saw the tagline “together they serve with excellence” for Haute Cuisine (directed by Christian Vincent), a film about the personal chef to a french president, I was sold. For the first time in a while, things were starting to look up for ol’greg.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I love cooking shows. Food Network is one of the most beautiful things to grace mankind, and heck, I even enjoyed Julie & Julia… so my opinion of Haute Cuisine may be a little skewed. But regardless of my love for food, the trailer knows exactly what its doing. With under 20 words spoken throughout the entire minute and twenty two seconds, the trailer focuses on what I believe will be an integral part of the film: highlighting the beauty and seductiveness of french cooking. With opening shots of some sort of luscious chicken soup, succulent lamb bits, some sort of godly beef stuffed bread, and then an amazing fruit tart (as you can tell I’m quite in tune with the culinary jargon), and other pieces of edible decadence (please reference the image library below), I was instantly drawn into Haute Cuisine’s world.
Yet regardless of how hungry the trailer made me, the film doesn’t seem one dimensional. The plot does seem compelling enough to carry me through the film, and from the brief glimpse we are given in this clip, I am intrigued as to how this woman survives in her new world. (To be honest though, if they just flashed images of french cuisine across the screen like they did to Malcolm McDowell in Clockwork Orange, I’d probably be happy as a clam).
Based on a true story, Haute Cuisine follows Hortense Laborie (played by Catherine Frot), a renowned chef from Perigord, who is invited to the Elyseé Palace to become the personal chef to the president of the French Republic. Usually a position steeped in tradition, she bucks the trend and begins to cook with her instinct and innovation to bring a new element of cooking to an otherwise ‘conventional’ style (for the French, anyway).
Haute Cuisine is something I will definitely be looking out for. With its seeming attention to detail, culinary seduction, and compelling story, seems like it will be captivating on many levels.