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Tasting Menu (2013)

Menú degustació (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy | 14 June 2013 (Spain)
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As one of the world's best restaurants opens for its final evening, a couple in the midst of a divorce who made their reservation a year ago (before separating) reunite for a once-in-lifetime meal.

Director:

Roger Gual

Writers:

Javier Calvo, Silvia González Laá (original idea) (as Sílvia González Laa) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jan Cornet ... Marc
Claudia Bassols ... Rachel
Vicenta N'Dongo ... Mar
Andrew Tarbet ... Max
Fionnula Flanagan ... Comptessa
Stephen Rea ... Walter
Togo Igawa ... Ishao
Marta Torné ... Mina
Akihiko Serikawa Akihiko Serikawa ... Yoshio
Timothy Gibbs ... Daniel
Andrea Ros ... Paula
Andrés Herrera ... Ramón
Iván Morales Iván Morales ... Edu
Marc Rodríguez Marc Rodríguez ... Hidalgo
Santi Millán ... Presentador
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As one of the world's best restaurants opens for its final evening, a couple in the midst of a divorce who made their reservation a year ago (before separating) reunite for a once-in-lifetime meal.

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Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain | Ireland | France

Language:

Catalan | English | Spanish | Japanese

Release Date:

14 June 2013 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Tasting Menu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,010, 20 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,686, 15 June 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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half baked, hoity-toity, haute cuisine film
15 February 2015 | by sugarfreepeppermintSee all my reviews

With haute-cuisine as its main theme, one would expect an array of exquisite dishes being served up, and exhibited to every last mouth watering detail. Alas, there are no close up shots of delicious looking food. A highly praised restaurant is mostly so a platform that allows for the characters attending, to act and speak in an affected manner. The problem with that, is that nothing interesting or witty is being said at any point. The script veers oddly between overdone "fine" manners and low brow slapstick.

Another issue is the Catalan pretentiousness in this film. It seems the film maker so desperately wants to prove that Catalans are a completely separate entity from Spain, that not a single Spanish person is to be heard or seen. Quite unrealistic if your restaurant is located in Barcelona. The tables are filled with rich Irish, American, English and Japanese customers, to which they abase themselves with no qualms. Elitism is just fine, as long as its not the Spanish rich they have to suck up to.

Thirdly, the opening credits promise a special appearance by the Nancys Rubias, a popular punk-pop band in Spain (and Catalunia). When they finally appear, their performance is muted, and is substituted by some random 60s song. We see the band members bop about a few seconds, and that's it; total let down. Which sums up the general modus operandi of the film, it promises a lot and delivers very little.


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