The Taste of Things

The Taste of Things

Set in France in 1889, the film follows the life of Dodin Bouffant as a chef living with his personal cook and lover Eugénie. They share a long history of gastronomy and love but Eugénie refuses to marry Dodin, so the food lover decides to do something he has never done before: cook for her.

  • Released: 2023-12-29
  • Runtime: 134 minutes
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Stars: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel, Patrick d'Assumçao, Emmanuel Salinger, Jan Hammenecker, Frédéric Fisbach, Galatéa Bellugi, Yannik Landrein, Sarah Adler, Jean-Marc Roulot
  • Director: Tran Anh Hung
  • sabor43 - 3 June 2024
    Bougeousie, but delicious
    I have to agree with the reviewers who take issue with this Bourgeois indulgence into a 19th century lifestyle, as I continuously thought "where is a place like this?" And "what people live this way?" Well, we know the answer to that. Giveaway might have been the copper zinc-topped antennas, appearing in the gardens, perhaps an acknowledgement to how unreal such a lifestyle might be (without hordes of labor.)

    That all said, and it's appropriate, I will never ever cook the same, and I took great inspiration from the attention given to the food. I will never ever eat the same without exploring the flavors in my mouth, from french fries to root beer. I could almost smell the food as it was cooking. The piece would have worked even without the drama, which somehow I wonder why it was needed. The apprentice could've been brought on and some other fashion. It was hard to believe that Eugenie would not have taken better care of herself, and shared more with the important people around her.

    And the food! The food! I can't wait to mix up some exotic oyster omelette tomorrow morning!
  • sameerks - 11 April 2024
    Cooking for Dodin and Eugenie is a form of love, expression, joy, and communication
    Meticulous preparation of delicious food, made by a smiling Juliet Binoche, shot beautifully in the summer light. Nothing more you can ask for.

    Cooking for Dodin and Eugenie is a form of love, expression, joy, and communication. Chef's for each other before anything else.

    The amount of details we see is incredible, where a certain dish is, on multiple occasions prepped, put in an oven, taken out again, poured over by a sauce (that we saw prepared) put in the oven again, and then all the way to plating and finally euphoric consumption is mesmerizing!

    Don't watch it on an empty stomach, or do and then have a hearty meal!

    Bon appétit.
  • Tactrix - 11 March 2024
    A Masterclass in Cooking
    This movie is what happens when you love something so dearly that words don't do it justice. If I had to guess I imagine this is a script written by a chef for chefs. It's so beautiful in both concept and execution it's truly a wonder. And having said that the only people that will truly appreciate this movie are chefs, I can't imagine anyone else having an appreciation for this sort of movie. However if you are a chef, or love cooking to this degree this movie is a MUST! I sat through this movie loving every second of it. I imagine when technology progresses far enough and we can actually smell and taste our movies this movie will be the best ever made.

    10/10 this movie makes my heart and stomach happy.