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The Taste of Others (2000)

Le goût des autres (original title)
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The lives of 6 people over 35 in Rouen, France, and their relationship to each other.

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Agnès Jaoui
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 16 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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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

1 March 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Taste of Others See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$891,369

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,021,938
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Connections

Features Miss Memory (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Gualtier Malde... Caro nome
Excerpt from opera "Rigoletto"
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Edita Gruberova with the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (collectively as Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia)
Conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli
(p) 1984 Polydor International GmbH
By kind permission of Universal Music Projets Spéciaux
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Thin line between happiness and solitude
6 March 2001 | by noodles-13See all my reviews

Let other users tell the story of this little, yet surprisingly success-growing movie. The title might say it all: every character tries to please someone else, in other words, tries to meet the taste of the others. Sadly, it seems a very difficult result to accomplish, since the fate of everyone is bound to solitude and misunderstanding. There seems to be one exception to the rule: surprisingly, it is the character that, for all the movie long, has been treated like the most foolish and disgusting (Castella). The end does not tell, we don't know whether he and his beloved, funny and complicated actress will meet. At least, he tried to change its life and, whilst trying to get closer to her (pretending to love art and theater), he discovers something deeper and true about himself. In this respect, a happy end would have been completely inconsistent with the movie and would not have added anything to the depiction of the characters. People get close only to lose each other, the director seems to say. The driver's girl will not come back from America, the barmaid and the former policeman are not corageous enough to make the first step. A fine written movie as it is rare to see these days (8/10).


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