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La Passion de Dodin Bouffant

Tran Anh Hùng | 2023 | 134 MINS
France/Belgium | Subtitles
International Panorama: France

This mouthwatering and sensual exercise in haute cuisine and late-flowering romance is set in 1885 and almost totally within the confines of a rustic kitchen in a chateau. Back on national release after it’s preview at Chichester’s French Film Festival UK.

FROM 24 May

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Fri 24 May
13:00
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Sat 25 May
17:45
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13:00
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18:00
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In Detail

Tran Anh Hùng, the Vietnamese director, now living in France, of ‘The Scent of the Green Papaya’ based the film on the book ‘The Life and Passion of Dodin-Bouffant, Gourmet’ by Marcel Rouff.

Peerless cook Eugénie (Juliette Binoche) has worked for the famous gourmet Dodin (Benoît Magimel) for the last 20 years. As time went by, the practice of gastronomy and mutual admiration turned into a romantic relationship. He realises, however, that while he schmoozes the rich and famous in the dining room, she remains in the kitchen but is clearly hugely responsible for his august reputation.

There is talk of marriage, but Eugénie values her independence too much in a relationship that she considers should be of equal parts. Both Binoche and Magimel who were together in life for a considerable time, exude an effortless rapport.

Chosen as France’s Oscar contender.
Warning: Another film like the recent ‘Delicieux’ that should not be seen on an empty stomach!

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