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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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Agnès Jaoui
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Alvaro Anne Alvaro ... Clara Devaux
Jean-Pierre Bacri ... Jean-Jacques Castella
Alain Chabat ... Bruno Deschamps
Agnès Jaoui ... Manie
Gérard Lanvin ... Franck Moreno
Christiane Millet Christiane Millet ... Angélique
Wladimir Yordanoff ... Antoine
Anne Le Ny Anne Le Ny ... Valérie, l'habilleuse
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... Béatrice Castella
Raphaël Dufour Raphaël Dufour ... Benoît
Xavier de Guillebon Xavier de Guillebon ... Weber
Camille Andraca Camille Andraca
Céline Arnaud Céline Arnaud ... Virginie
Robert Bacri Robert Bacri ... Le père de Castella
Marie Agnès Brigot 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 March 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,911, 29 September 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$635,282, 7 October 2001
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Agnès Jaoui immersed herself in Woody Allen movies before embarking on this project. See more »

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Features Palomino (1991) See more »

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Pure Roots
From "Freebie & The Bean"
(p) & (c) The Extreme Music Library plc.
By kind permission of Zomba Production Music
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Patience well rewarded
22 May 2003 | by gvleesSee 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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