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Shekvarebuli kulinaris ataserti retsepti (1996)

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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)

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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 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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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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Recipe lacked key ingredient
4 October 2003 | by bouncingoffwallSee all my reviews

This film lacked something I couldn't put my finger on at first: charisma on the part of the leading actress. This inevitably translated to lack of chemistry when she shared the screen with her leading man. Even the romantic scenes came across as being merely the actors at play. It could very well have been the director who miscalculated what he needed from the actors. I just don't know.

But could it have been the screenplay? Just exactly who was the chef in love with? He seemed more enamored of his culinary skills and restaurant, and ultimately of himself and his youthful exploits, than of anybody or anything else. He never convinced me he was in love with the princess.

I was disappointed in this movie. But, don't forget it was nominated for an Oscar, so judge for yourself.


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