Les Saveurs du Palais
It is this time of the year again where we spend time at the movies!
And the opening night featured the much acclaimed "Haute Cuisine" film by Etienne Comar, who was behind the much darker "Of Gods and Men" two years ago. This is a light comedy loosely based on the time spent by Daniele Mazet-Delpeuch (DMD) as a private cook for the then French President Francois Mitterand.
Madame Mazet-Delpeuch is in Sydney to present the film, kindly participating in a number of events, like a Presidential Dinner at the Sofitel last week (I will tell you all about it in another post as our best friends Mark and Nicky celebrated their wedding anniversary there...) Q&A sessions after the screening of the film, signing books and having an afternoon talk next Monday at the Alliance Francaise in Sydney - I wiil be there! - quite a schedule for a 70+ year old woman!
The film is very well photographed by Laurent Daillant, Catherine Frot is her usual self, elegant, strong minded, funny and really perfect for the role and the food looks amazing. It took three cooks to produce these marvels, where the originals were obviously made by one - DMD - plus a young promising pastry chef.
There is one annoying thing though: the constant plugs for famous brands of cooking equipment, provedores and the likes. There is one funny one actually, that might escape most non-French people and I will try to explain it without spoiling the scene which is quite funny.
That's how it unfolds: Hortense/Catherine Flot/DMD is telling the pastry chef Nicolas that her name comes from the Latin hortus and ask him if he knows what it means, which he doesn't and subsequently being told it means "garden" a very appropriate name for a cook. She then turns to him and ask if he knows where his name comes from. As he doesn't want to look more stupid, he answers that his name comes from a place where people go and buy wine - nobody laughed in the room but me - quite histerically and loudly I have to confess!
Well, Nicolas is a chain of liquor stores in France, not dissimilar to our Vintage Cellars in Australia...here you go!
It had to be a very well planned plug to actually choose the names of the characters to suit!
Anyway, it is a good well crafted movie, a very enjoyable treat for a Friday evening.
Stay tuned as we are seeing another movie tonight...
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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