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Saturday, June 20, 2020


Since Marie joined Bruno Mercier's restaurant, a multi-star chef, she only thinks to perfect her skills. But Thomas, the sous-chef, is wary of this possible rival. During a service, Mary cuts herself, letting a few drops of blood mix with her sauce. When Bruno tastes Marie's dish, he considers it perfect.

Starring: Joséphine Japy, Sébastien Houbani, Philippe Résimont, Serge Dupuy

Directed and written by: Merryl Roche

  Some of us have seen the reality cooking shows on tv, and how competitive they can be. While not a reality show, Marie (Joséphine Japy) has joined a restaurant kitchen that’s very competitive in its own right. Marie seems to come from a cooking background, and the bar is set high for her. The head chef Bruno (Philippe Résimont) is very hard to please, and the only one who seems to please him is Thomas (Sébastien Houbani). At first Thomas appears to befriend Marie and helps her cutting some fish, but then becomes very bossy with her.
  The pressure gets to Marie while preparing a dish, and she accidentally cuts her hand. A few drops of her blood falls into her sauce and before she can do anything about it Bruno comes to taste it. Finally he’s pleased with something she has made, and it gives Marie something to think about. Has she found a secret ingredient that will make her top chef?
  It’s here that the true horror of the story kicks in, as the audience sees how far Marie is willing to go to win over Bruno. It’s interesting to see if the audience will side with Marie even though what she’s doing is disgusting. Joséphine does a great job bringing out Marie’s struggles, and emotions. “Haute Cuisine” is shot so smoothly, in a dim kitchen that matches the darkness of what’s happening. Best of all might be the unexpected twist at the end. 

Paris courts devant | France (official competition)
Angers Festival | France (out of competition - Films d'ici)
Clermont Film festival | France (out of competition, Sacem selection) 
Gérardmer International Film Festival | France (official selection)
Palm Springs ShortFest | USA (official selection)


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