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Trailer Watch: Weinsteins' Mouth-Watering 'Haute Cuisine' as Light and Fluffy as a Souffle

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by Beth Hanna
May 28, 2013 2:35 PM
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Catherine Frot, right, in 'Haute Cuisine'
Catherine Frot, right, in 'Haute Cuisine'

Those with empty stomachs, beware the new trailer that just landed. "Haute Cuisine," from the Weinstein Company, centers on Provence chef Daniele Delpeuch (Catherine Frot), who worked as French president Francois Mitterand's country cook, and withstood all the culinary challenges that went along with it. The film hits theaters August 16. Watch below.

Harvey Weinstein discussed the film at his Sundance Q&A back in January. Is it a possible awards contender? As the trailer reminds us, it's from the same studio that brought us last year's French Oscar submission, "The Intouchables," which did not make the final five. But the recent Palme d'Or win of French director Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue Is the Warmest Color" may be giving other films from the country a run for their awards money. Unless the French establishment is afraid the Academy won't go for the lesbian romance's racy content, that is. After all, this is the group that voted for "Crash" over "Brokeback Mountain."

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  • Lisa Nesselson | May 29, 2013 8:32 AMReply

    The challenges aren't so much culinary as they are the offshoot of "offfice politics" -- the "office" in question being the French equivalent of the White House. Catherine Frot's character (closely based on Mitterand's personal chef but summoned by and cooking for a fictional French president) is, well, a woman and cooking for top level dignitaries is a man's job. (The male head of the main kitchen feels threatened.)
    It's a very entertaining, well made film with lots of literally juicy close-ups of edible stuff.
    As for speculating about awards, the year isn't even half over and France produces over 250 films a year. Thanks to Caryl for concrete info.

  • Caryl | May 28, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    "Is it a possible awards contender?" - Answer is no. I honestly can't see it as France's submission. -------------- " As the trailer reminds us, it's from the same studio that brought us last year's French Oscar submission" - I suppose it's about TWC as an american distributor because the two productions have no ties. (Quad/Gaumont vs Wild Bunch) ------------------ "But the recent Palme d'Or win of French director Abdellatif Kechiche's "Blue Is the Warmest Colour" may be giving other films from the country a run for their awards money." - Right now, "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is scheduled to be released 2 weeks too late to be eligible as France's entry.

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