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A Chef in Love (1996)

Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 23 April 1997 (USA)
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The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the ... See full summary »

Director:

Nana Dzhordzhadze (as Nana Djordjadze)

Writers:

Irakli Kvirikadze (scenario), André Grall (adaptation) (as André Graill) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Richard ... Pascal Ichak
Micheline Presle ... Marcelle Ichak
Nino Kirtadze ... Cecile Abachidze
Jean-Yves Gautier ... Anton Gogoladze
Temuri Qamkhadze Temuri Qamkhadze ... Zigmund Gogladze (as Temour Kamkhadze)
Ramaz Chkhikvadze ... Anton Gogoladze (as Ramaz Tchkhikvadze)
Kakhi Kavsadze ... Le Président
Guram Pirtskhalava ... Platoon (as Gouram Pirtskhalava)
Khatuna Ioseliani ... Mme. Kollontai (as Khatouna Iosseliani)
Marina Kakhiani ... Secretary with Shaved Head
Nino Koberidze ... Secretary
Shota Kristesashvili ... Zigmund's Friend (as Chota Kristessachvili)
Goga Gvessiliani Goga Gvessiliani ... Messenger
Aleksandr Ilin ... The Englishman (as Alexandre Ilyne)
Gogola Kalandadze ... Peasant Woman
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The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the arrival of the Red Army of the Caucasus, as the Soviet revolution that has swept Russian comes to Georgia. Told as a flashback from the present, as a French-Georgian man whose mother was Pascal's lover translates his memoirs for Pascal's niece. Written by Michael C. Berch <mcb@postmodern.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for nudity, sexual situations and some images of violence | See all certifications »
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Flat, unconvincing, full of cliches
18 January 2020 | by glondon-849-768748See all my reviews

A Frenchman in Georgia. This opens up so many possibilities, chances for humor, joy, deep and meaningful emotional engagement. Instead, the film fails to deliver any of the above. The acting of Pierre Richard is OK but so stereotypically French it makes it look like a grotesque (same goes for pretty much all other parts). The other actors are just meh. My biggest problem with this movie is its use of predictable cliches and no attempt to be even remote convincing. There are no nuances, no space for the viewer to explore. If this movie was food it would have been a McDonald's hamburger.


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Official Sites:

Sony Pictures Classics

Language:

French | Georgian | Russian

Release Date:

23 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

1001 retsept iz menyu vlyublyonnogo povara See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,628, 27 April 1997

Gross USA:

$686,704

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$686,704
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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