The Taste of Others (2000)
"Le goût des autres" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  1 March 2000 (France)
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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
Jean-Jacques Castella
Bruno Deschamps
Franck Moreno
Christiane Millet ...
Wladimir Yordanoff ...
Anne Le Ny ...
Valérie, l'habilleuse
Brigitte Catillon ...
Béatrice Castella
Raphaël Dufour ...
Xavier De Guillebon ...
Camille Andraca
Céline Arnaud ...
Robert Bacri ...
Le père de Castella
Marie Agnès Brigot ...
La secrétaire de Castella (as Marie-Agnès Brigot)


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 <>

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


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

1 March 2000 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The Taste of Others  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$635,282 (USA) (5 October 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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The movie takes place and was shot in Rouen, Upper Normandy. See more »


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I Would That My Love, Opus 63. No. 1
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Mendelssohn)
Performed by Isobel Baillie soprano, Kathleen Ferrier alto
(p) EMI Records Ltd.
By kind permission of EMI Music France
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Patience well rewarded
22 May 2003 | by (Kirkkonummi, Finland) – See all my reviews

A slice of potentially real French life, elegantly portrayed with the believable people ('characters' is the wrong word) being eminently watchable. It's a witty comedy that plays as a tragedy. The excellent screenplay reveals itself hesitantly, but that is the charm. The audience joins the story in the middle and leaves it before the end. The subtle everyday conflict of clashing tastes born of different beliefs - and no few prejudices - may seem rather boring plot compared with the latest Hollywood caper, but it leaves a magnificent impression of social relevance. And if you have not experienced the culture of everyday France, pay attention to the focal point the cafe takes. A word of praise to the two main architects: co-author (Agnes Jaoui) who directs herself as the barmaid (Manie) and her coauthor (Jean-Pierre Bacri) who writes himself the somewhat awful role of Castella. I must look out for their other works.

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