It is perfectly possible to join the beautiful film industry La passion de Dodin Bouffant to annoy, but much more difficult not to drool at the sight of so much gastronomic delight.
Who L’odeur de la papaye vertewhich was awarded the Golden Lion Cyclo or the Murakami adaptation Norwegian wood knows that the French-Vietnamese film director Trần Anh Hùng can work magic with light and has a natural talent for aestheticization. He puts those talents to full use in a slowly cooking ode to French gastronomy and l’art de vivre.
La passion de Dodin Bouffant immerses you in the kitchen of a French chef who devotes his life to perfecting the tastiest dishes. Dodin would very much like to marry the woman who has been running his kitchen for decades. But she doesn’t want to commit. No matter how much they enjoy each other, how much they respect each other. The former couple Benoît Magimel and Juliette Binoche clearly enjoy playing their characters.
That France submits this film for the Oscars and not the Palme d’Or winner Anatomy of the chute made some of the French film press jump. Quite a few die-hard cinephiles are annoyed by the beautiful cinematography, very high-sounding statements and the overly drawn-out, weak romantic story.
That annoyance cannot be completely dismissed as blasé. The film sometimes flirts with the ridiculous. However, you can hardly deny that your mouth waters when you see so many gastronomic delights bathed in the warmest light and when you listen to the simmering sauces and bubbling stews.
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La passion de Dodin Bouffant will be in theaters from today