Hortense Laborie is a celebrated chef living in the Perigord region. To her great surprise, the President of the Republic appoints her as his personal cook. She accepts reluctantly but once she has accepted her nomination, Hortense works her heart and soul to produce both a stylish and authentic cuisine. For a while, she manages to impose herself thanks to her sturdy character and despite the jealousies she arouses among the other chefs. For a while only, unfortunately for her and for... the President.Written by
An ode to cooking but also a view on the wings of power from the kitchen
In this movie, we follow the steps of a woman chef that is proposed to be the personal cook of the French president.
Of course, the main theme is cooking and the movie is an ode to a certain cooking, taking time, carefully selecting ingredients, that denotes personality.
A second interpretative framework is added to that - and makes seeing the film worthwile.
We are indeed put in the wings of power. Of course, not the one of the politic advisers,, of the lobbyists, ...
But from the kitchen, we can still smell the battles of influence (symbolized by the one with the central kitchen), the reluctance of change (a woman chef?), standardization and optimization against quality and taste (choice of ingredient, nutritionist against the chef cooking, ...), and finally the wear and tear power implies.
Catherine Frot and Arthur Dupont are displaying their talents in this movie (I'm more reserved about Jean d'Ormesson's performance but what else could be expect from him?).
In conclusion, a nice movie, it will not go down in history, but you will spend a nice moment.
(A final note: do not watch it hoping to learn about Mitterrand, that is not what you'll get)
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