Haute Cuisine

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Based on the extraordinary true story of French President François Mitterand’s private chef, Haute Cuisine follows the impassioned and talented Hortense Laborie (Catherine Frot), a successful cook living in relative obscurity in the Périgord. Much to her astonishment, Hortense is recruited by none other than the President of the Republic (Jean D’Ormesson) for her ability to create dishes reminding him of his childhood. He appoints her his personal cook, the first woman ever responsible for creating meals in the kitchen of the Élysée Palace. Hortense’s indomitable spirit and tireless devotion to the art of authentic cuisine win her the President’s respect and affection, but also the fierce jealousy of the veteran chefs preparing 300-person state banquets. Amid rigid protocol and suffocating bureaucracy a battle for influence over the head of state rages among the kitchen staff, and Hortense sets out to prove that she can take the heat. From writer/director Christian Vincent (La Séparation). (Dir. by Christian Vincent, 2012, France, in French with English subtitles, 95 mins., Rated PG-13, Weinstein Company) Digital