The Taste of Things (2023) – Movie Review/Summary

In a film heavily focused on the art of food, sometimes it makes the characters and story secondary.


Community Rating: 75% (1 votes)

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Juliette Binoche as Eugénie and Benoît Magimel as Dodin Bouffant

In a film heavily focused on the art of food, sometimes it makes the characters and story secondary.

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General Information

Director(s)

Anh Hung Tran

Screenplay By

Anh Hung Tran, Marcel Rouff

Based On Work By

Marcel Rouff

Date Released

December 13, 2023

How To Watch

IFC Film Center

Genre(s)

Comedy

Drama

Romance

Film Length

2 Hour 25 Minutes

Content Rating

Not Rated

Noted Characters and Cast

Eugénie

Juliette Binoche

Dodin Bouffant

Benoît Magimel

Content Rating Explanation

  • Dialog: nothing notable
  • Violence: outside of how some already dead animals are cut up or disemboweled, nothing
  • Sexual Content: brief nudity, mainly of the backside
  • Miscellaneous: drinking and smoking

Plot Summary

Juliette Binoche as Eugénie and Benoît Magimel as Dodin Bouffant
“Juliette Binoche as Eugénie and Benoît Magimel as Dodin Bouffant,” The Taste of Things, directed by Anh Hung Tran, 2023, (IFC Films)

For over 20 years, Eugenie has cooked for Dodin. He is known as the Napolean of the Culinary arts, but Eugenie’s work in the kitchen is what he finds to be perfection, making him feel alive.

Hence why, for years, he has proposed to her. But with their arrangement allowing her a certain independence, she has constantly said no. But, as they age, and she takes to a young lady as a potential apprentice, it seems life has entered a new season.

But, whether it is their summer, their autumn, or the end, it becomes a concern.

Character Descriptions

Please Note: This character guide is not an exhaustive list of every cast member, and character descriptions may contain what can be considered spoilers.

Eugenie

Eugenie, the daughter of a notable French pastry chef and a tough teacher, is touted by Dodin to be one of the few people who can execute his recipes and bring them to a whole new level. Hence, his love for her and worries when she begins showing signs she might be ill.

Dodin

Known to some as the Napolean of the Culinary Arts, Dodin is highly sought after due to his knowledge and his combined work with Eugenie.

  • The actor is also known for their role in “An Easy Girl.”

Review


Community Rating: 75% (1 votes)


Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Highlights

Dodin and Eugenie’s Chemistry

There is something about a chemistry where grand gestures aren’t necessary to show attraction. With Eugenie and Dodin, it is based purely on admiration, a mutual understanding, and even a certain longing for the other person.

You can see love shown when the roles switch, and Dodin cooks for her, with wanting even broth to be perfect. It’s in them walking his estate, joking like teenagers, despite him saying they are in their autumn years.

Though most of all, it is in them being content without pushing the idea they have settled. If not happy, as a state of being rather than a feeling that could easily shift on a whim.

On The Fence

An Exuberant Amount Of Time Shown Preparing Food and Eating It

More of the movie is spent watching food be prepared and experienced than anything else. Now, yes, at times, you will be in awe of what is cooked. You may even find yourself feeling like a novice in an advanced-level cooking class as you hear various names and words that might be foreign.

But watching food being made and reacted to does lose its luster. As it makes you hungry, you’ll yearn for more than fanciful displays of food. You’ll want more of the film’s core relationship.

Which, yes, you get, but as it becomes clear food is at the center of their love, so do you have to resign yourself that food will also be the centerpiece of the movie. Almost like how an action movie wants to focus on car chases and fights but feels obligated to have a story as well.

Who Is This For?

Those who love the art of cooking, and seeing the joy of people sharing a meal.

Recommendations

If you like this movie, we recommend:

  1. Julia: Based on Julia Child’s rise as a chef, for those who love watching people cook and eating, this is for you.
  2. Sweetbitter: The two-season series, focused on the personalities and food in a high-scale restaurant, has the drama, the romance, and the passion that makes for a good watch.

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  1. What are some of your favorite cooking shows or movies?

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The Taste of Things (2023) – Movie Review

Summary

The Taste of Things may trigger the need for you to up your cooking skills or where you dine out, but in its extravagance, it sometimes loses its heart.

Overall
79%
79%
  • Dodin and Eugenie's Chemistry - 83%
    83%
  • An Exuberant Amount Of Time Shown Preparing Food and Eating It - 74%
    74%

Highlight(s)

  • Dodin and Eugenie’s Chemistry

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  • An Exuberant Amount Of Time Shown Preparing Food and Eating It

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