‘Haute Cuisine’: Home cooking at the Élysée Palace

Jean d’Ormesson as French President François Mitterrand and Catherine Frot as his personal chef in “Haute Cuisine.”
Jean d’Ormesson as French President François Mitterrand and Catherine Frot as his personal chef in “Haute Cuisine.”Thibault Grabherr/Weinstein Company

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Haute Cuisine

Haute Cuisine” fictionalizes the story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch (played in the film by Catherine Frot), a proponent of simple French country cooking who served as personal chef to President François Mitterrand (Jean d’Ormesson) from 1988 to 1990.

If you love France and food, separately or in combination, you will almost certainly forgive Christian Vincent’s workmanlike direction, the tedious score, and the near-total absence of dramatic conflict. Just concentrate on the dishes being plated in all their big-screen splendor and make sure you have dinner reservations afterwards. Frot is charming, as are her scenes with the President, but otherwise “Haute Cuisine” proves the limits of cinema: It’s a film that needs to be seen in Taste-o-Vision. In French, with subtitles.

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