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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 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

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


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Business International
Music by Richard Myhill
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Placid humour, with hints of classic farce.
20 January 2009 | by adamgillettSee all my reviews

This is a character film, a portrait etched in dialogue between the self-written lead and the wandering sympathies of simple, well-executed cinematography. Echoes of Bacri's erstwhile partner-in-crime, Resnais, abound in image and in the weight of unspoken actions. These glances and comedic zooms denoue with the sharpness of Tati, without clouding the gravity of the story.

And it is a meticulously woven story they Jaoui gives us, at a pace that might leave an impatient viewer distracted. Tracking Bacri, smooth pans move ethereally through Petit-Bourgeois sets, ever pressing the banality of her subject. The middle-aged businessman in mid-life crisis is a bittersweet choice for comedy: bitter in its reality and sweet in the familiarity, he is tantamount to a French David Brent. Castella is a character whose weakness is sympathetic to the point of embarrassment.

By contrast, the hand-held and quick cutting that accompanies the theatre troupe and artists expresses the impatience we see in their speech, the bitter jealousy of the unsuccessful and arrogant intellectual. An attack on 'her own people', Jaoui here takes a dig at many of her peers in favour of the senior man, giving Devaux hints of the autobiographical that echo down to Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino.

A soundtrack bridging centuries evokes the knowledge of the older man on screen as well as of the auditorium. Kathleen Ferrier's warble punctuates moments of silence as we observe Castella's nonplussed expression, while Metheny and Murray smash and spark away in background to the Bohemians. These interludes mark sea changes in viewer sympathy, serving to give some degree of cultural empathy to the characters.

Above all, though, the music and rhythm of cinematography, script and music span great clashes in taste. A mesh of contempt and desire that result in a rounded and masterful work, with appeal for all but with affection for those with grey streaks in their hair.


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