Délicieux (\N)

Isabelle Carré, Patrick Chesnais, Guillaume de Tonquédec, Benjamin Lavernhe, Grégory Gadebois, Marie-Julie Baup,
France, 1789, just before the Revolution. With the help of a surprising young woman, a chef who has been sacked by his master finds the strength to free himself from his position as a servant and opens the first restaurant.
  • 7.0 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
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  • 2019-08-08 Added:
  • Nicolas Boukhrief, Writer:
  • Éric Besnard, Director:
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6 / 10

A solid period drama about class and food

I get the opportunity to write the first reviews on this site for a new release, and like an absolute muppet I fall asleep at some point in the first half hour for about 10 minutes ??

But it had been a busy day, I'd just gone for a big run, and to be fair, the movie was a little slow going at first.

Thankfully, it picked up in its second half once the story got a bit more focused, and I managed to stay awake and engaged. I liked the look of the film, the attention to detail with period costumes and settings, and the ending was solid too.

And it goes without saying but the dishes really did look super yummy and it made me incredibly hungry, so definitely try to have a meal either beforehand or during if you plan to watch this lol.

7 / 10

This is beautifully-filmed movie about food

It's set in 1789 France just before the Revolution in a rural fictional dukedom of Chamfort. It tells the story of the invention of the modern restaurant concept in a time when only the nobility ate well.

Pierre Manceron (Grégory Gadebois) is the master chef for Le duc de Chamfort (Benjamin Lavernhe). Chamfort loves Manceron's cooking, but insists that he stick to set menus and not be creative in his recipes. When Manceron creates a little appetizer he calls "Délicieux" that contains potato, Manceron is dismissed after refusing to apologize for serving such a dish.

He returns to his rural home with his son, Benjamin (Lorenzo Lefèbvre), and together with an elderly mentor, Jacob (Christian Bouilette) runs a relay (postal) station that also serves basic food. Suddenly, a mysterious woman appears and asks to be Manceron's cooking apprentice. Louise (Isabelle Carré) claims to a former jam maker, but Manceron believes she actually must have been a prostitute. He refuses to accept her for a time, but ultimately agrees to train her.

They create dishes based on local produce and local livestock, and begin to attract a significant clientele. The duke is intrigued, misses his cook who he has not been able satisfactorily to replace, and offers to stop by for a traditional feast. If successful he'll invite Manceron back into service.

The film then takes a sharp departure into the pre-Revolution politics of the day, we learn the truth of Louise's background, and the story unfolds in unexpected ways.

This is beautifully-filmed movie. The scenes of food preparation reminded me of "Babette's Feast." The unfolding interaction between Manceron, Benjamin (who is pro-class struggle), and Louise is well done. The sharp departure two-thirds of the way into the movie started to to make it go off the rails for me. I expect minimal plausibility in historical films; this one drifted too far in its link to the French Revolution and ended somewhat unsatisfactorily.

Still, the cinematography and the initial storyline made it a good watch.

8 / 10

Delicious movie

A very nice and pleasant story that puts food and the love of cooking in marvelous light. Good acting, good visuals and some funny moments.

5 / 10

Technically mediocre made romantic flic

I don't focus on the film's story but rather on the technical skill levels applied.

* Dramatic Composition: PoorFrom my perspective, the movie wasn't able to convey a lot of emotion. Character backgrounds stayed vague. All characters stood stiff, like being nailed to the floor. Dialogues had been sparse. There was not a single dialog that would have been driving the story forward. For example: Right at the beginning, when the chef is fired, the duke's emotion confines to staying seated, merely waggling his cheeks and shouting the chef's name. Then silence ... That's all we get to see as a reasoning for why the chef is being fired and why he's feeling humiliated. Cut, next scene (as far as I remember): The chef's at his ole barn, sitting with his son and a neighbor. Not a single emotional comment on what's happened.

* Camera: ExcellentThe film comes with a plethora of short, beautiful still life sequences. Very nice. Still, I have a feeling that these still life sequences were just cribbed from already existing romantic painted art pictures.

* Lighting: MediocreAt many occasions in the movie, scenes were poorly lit. Lighting could have been much more dramatically set. For example: When the characters sit in the hut at night, there are no candle-like spots to highlight the texture of the room. Another example: When the apprentice enters the barn - was she supposed to be lit or kept dark? If she was supposed to be kept dark, then they should have kept her silhouette black, not just underexposed.

* Musical Score: A NightmareThe lack of dialogue and those many pauses were crying for some decent classic programme music to emphasize and convey the emotion of a scene. But all there was ... was silence.

* ConclusionThe story of the film claims to enjoy all senses and to relish a good composition, but the presentation itself was merely focussing on a single sense: The visual one. My conclusion: In its mediocrity the film was not a piece of art.

9 / 10

Delightful

Delightful, pure, with great emotional payoff. I thoroughly enjoyed it. A take on aristocracy with French characteristics. Plus points for helping me improve my French listening.