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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 »

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Richard ... Pascal Ichak
Micheline Presle ... Marcelle Ichak
Nino Kirtadze Nino Kirtadze ... Cecile Abachidze
Jean-Yves Gautier 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 Khatuna Ioseliani ... Mme. Kollontai (as Khatouna Iosseliani)
Marina Kakhiani Marina Kakhiani ... Secretary with Shaved Head
Nino Koberidze Nino Koberidze ... Secretary
Shota Kristesashvili Shota Kristesashvili ... Zigmund's Friend (as Chota Kristessachvili)
Goga Gvessiliani Goga Gvessiliani ... Messenger
Aleksandr Ilin ... The Englishman (as Alexandre Ilyne)
Gogola Kalandadze 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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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for nudity, sexual situations and some images of violence | See all certifications »
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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:

FRF 17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$36,628, 27 April 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$603,957, 20 July 1997
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Elegant and sad
11 February 2006 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

What an odd and absolutely delightful movie. An opera singer who also is a gourmand sets up shop in Russia, just in time for the revolution. Shot on what appear to be actual locations, A CHEF IN LOVE features an aging Lothario with Woody Allen hair falling head over heels for a Russian princess and returning with her to her homeland. He quickly runs afoul of the insurgents but resists his paramour's efforts to leave Russia and set up shop elsewhere. The movie is full of great comic moments and some truly sad ones. And if you love food, you will love this movie. Wait until you see the feasts this guy dreams up! The actress playing the Russian princess is particularly interesting to watch, as she does everything she can to keep her goofy lover from landing in front of a firing squad.


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