Catherine Frot plays Hortense Laborie

Tasty French film will make you crave more than baguette

The last movie in the fall season for the Vernon Film Society is French box office hit Haute Cuisine, based on a true story.

The last movie in the fall season for the Vernon Film Society is French box office hit Haute Cuisine, based on a true story.

Hortense Laborie was plucked from obscurity to become the personal chef for François Mitterand, president of France. Of course, he had many chefs and staff to cook for the large staff of the palace and for ceremonial occasions, but hankered for the simple rich fare of his youth.

We all get to share in seeing Hortense prepare delicious mouth-watering food in this homage to French cooking, which is bound to leave the audience longing for a chance to try some of the typical French dishes, if not in their kitchen, maybe in a French bistro.

The politics of the Élysée Palace, with dieticians and the head chef trying to undermine Laborie, give another view into the society and class system prevalent in France.

The stuffy bureaucracy and the hide-bound conservatism of the Élysée kitchen do all they can to thwart Hortense, but she is a woman of steel, unafraid of political faux pas, who carries on buying what she thinks is needed and cooking for the president the meals he loves.

As critic Bruce DeMara of The Toronto Star stated: “Like in other films in which preparation of food play such a central role,  including Babette’s Feast and Like Water for Chocolate, Haute Cuisine reminds us of the infinite joy to be found in a fine meal.”

Haute Cuisine will be shown at the Vernon Towne Theatre Monday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.. Tickets are available at the door and one week ahead at the Bean Scene and the theatre for $7.


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