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Genre Comedy
Running Time 95 min
MPAA rating PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Release Date Sep 20, 2013
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Haute Cuisine (Les saveurs du Palais)

Hortense Laborie, a renowned chef from Perigord, is astonished when the President of the Republic appoints her his personal cook, responsible for creating all his meals at the Elysée Palace. Despite jealous resentment from the other kitchen staff, Hortense quickly establishes herself, thanks to her indomitable spirit. The authenticity of her cooking soon seduces the President, but the corridors of power are littered with traps. Based on the extraordinary true story of President Francois Mitterand's… Show more

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September 26, 2013 - Boston.com - Ty Burr, Globe Staff

“Haute Cuisine” fictionalizes the story of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch (played in the film by Catherine Frot), a proponent of simple French country cooking who served as personal chef to President François Mitterrand (Jean d’Ormesson) from 1988 to 1990. If you love France and food, separately or in combination, you will almost certainly forgive Christian Vincent’s workmanlike direction, the tedious score, and the near-total absence of dramatic conflict.

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