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The Taste of Others (2000)

Le goût des autres (original title)
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Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel plant in Rouen; Bruno is his flute-playing driver, Franck is his temporary bodyguard ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Alvaro ...
Clara Devaux
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Jean-Jacques Castella
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Bruno Deschamps
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Manie
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Franck Moreno
Christiane Millet ...
Angélique
Wladimir Yordanoff ...
Antoine
Anne Le Ny ...
Valérie, l'habilleuse
Brigitte Catillon ...
Béatrice Castella
Raphaël Dufour ...
Benoît
Xavier De Guillebon ...
Weber
Camille Andraca
Céline Arnaud ...
Virginie
Robert Bacri ...
Le père de Castella
Marie Agnès Brigot ...
La secrétaire de Castella (as Marie-Agnès Brigot)
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Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel plant in Rouen; Bruno is his flute-playing driver, Franck is his temporary bodyguard while he negotiates a contract with Iranians, his wife Angélique does frou-frou interior decorating and loves her dog. The conventional Castella hires a forty-year-old actress, Clara, to tutor him in English, and he finds her and her Bohemian lifestyle fascinating. Is this love? What would she say if he declared himself? Through Bruno, Franck meets Manie, a barmaid who deals hash. They begin an affair. Are they in love? They joke about marriage. As the women hold back, the men must make decisions. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The Sexy Comedy About Good Taste... And Bad Manners!

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Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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1 March 2000 (France)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$22,911 (USA) (29 September 2000)

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$635,282 (USA) (5 October 2001)
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The movie takes place and was shot in Rouen, Upper Normandy. See more »

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Gualtier Malde... Caro nome
Excerpt from opera "Rigoletto"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli
(p) 1984 Polydor International GmbH
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Mammon meets art in an intelligent and witty French drama
15 April 2001 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

A rich but uncultured provincial businessman falls for a local actress and pushes himself into her circle of arty friends. Initially they see him as a Philistine and treat him as a joke, but their attitudes change when he becomes a potential buyer for their work. Meantime, his interior designer wife is forcing her chintzy styles onto his sister who has moved in nearby, and his bodyguard and his driver are having to deal with their own shortcomings in their amorous encounters with a local barmaid.

The interwoven sub-plots, the intelligent characterisation and the witty dialogue make this a sophisticated drama in the best sense. The film indulges neither the shallow bourgeoisie nor the supercilious bohemians, but all the characters are real and believable.

If the plot offers no easy solutions to the complex needs and insecurities of its characters, it does at least show each of them, in his or her own way, learning something significant about themselves and about other people. The two leading characters in particular come to see each other in a more accepting light, and a direction for the future is opened up.

The confidence, intelligence and humour with which director Agnes Jaoui presents these tangled lives are a pleasure to experience, and she offers a refreshing and very European alternative to the more clichéd characterisation favoured by Hollywood.


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