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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.

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Roger Gual

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Javier Calvo, Silvia González Laá (original idea) (as Sílvia González Laa) | 1 more credit »
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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 Timothy Gibbs ... Daniel
Andrea Ros ... Paula
Andrés Herrera ... Ramón
Iván Morales ... Edu
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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Exaggerated Pretension of Hypocrisy
19 October 2016 | by FilmCuckooSee all my reviews

The reasons behind motivations for making this movie completely escapes me. Rarely (thankfully) do I come cross with this type of a movie, which from the outset has everything going for it's success. It has an incredible international ensemble cast, some of who are remarkably talented actors, setting is already stunning without having to even do "set decoration" as you are using one of the world's best restaurants as a stage... -And then you waste every single potential this movie ever had, by providing a completely clueless director, beyond boringly bland, meaningless script, screw up lighting, sound, cinematography, select an idiotic soundtrack with the most unfitting selection songs you can think of, plus you screw up the sound mixing where music is way too loud, and talking becomes almost muffled, then you give your incredible cast nothing but naïve, ridiculous, moronic lines to mull over in 4 languages, and you are bound to get this kind of pretentiousness served up with incredibly unremarkable Spanish/Catalan actors and actresses whose correct place would be in the dark corners of the local amateur theatre. What ever potential this movie had, was without any doubt lost in the hands of totally incompetent director and even more incompetent writer, who focus on things that have nothing to do with the weak plot, and then embellish it with even more incredibly pretentious, hypocritical presentation of a high-end haute cuisine. This movie starts to annoy you from the very first minute, and the source of annoyances just seem to pile up scene after another. If there is something meaningful to say about this movie, one could only hope, that all of this would actually been made on purpose, possibly to portray how pretentious the wealthy jet-set group concentrated around ridiculously exaggerated modern fusion molecular haute cuisine cooking actually can be, such as actually serving battered, deep fried fish bones, and charging 60 euros for a plate. If this isn't stupidity, I don't know what is. Some of the highly rated three star Michelin restaurants actually DO this kind of "cooking" day-in-day-out, all this being served to completely ignorant group of wealthy socialites, who wouldn't be able to tell 10 euro bottle of sparkling wine and 150 euro bottle champagne apart, if you present it to them as "exquisite". (BTW. I happen to know for a fact, this has happened for real at least once in a certain three star Michelin restaurant.) Thankfully, there are some three star Michelin restaurants, that actually do serve proper, well defined haute cuisine, but not the way it being presented on this movie, which belongs to the bargain basket at your local supermarket. This movie is nothing but an embarrassment for its makers.


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Language:

Catalan | English | Spanish | Japanese

Release Date:

14 June 2013 (Spain) See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,010, 20 April 2014

Gross USA:

$18,686

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$150,718
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2.35 : 1
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