Haute Cuisine

Synopsis & Film Details

Filmworks presents the political comedy that the Wall Street Journal calls “witty and brisk … a certain brand of French film that coquettishly flirts with comedy while sprinting in the direction of dry, sophisticated charm.” The movie — loosely based on the memoir of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch, who served for several years as private chef to French president François Mitterrand — tells the story of Hortense, a renowned chef from the Périgord region. Hortense is astonished when the President of the Republic recruits her to be his personal cook, making her the first woman to prepare food in the Elysée Palace. Known as a no-nonsense cook with exacting standards but deceptively simple taste and technique, she quickly establishes herself amid the clashing personalities and strict protocols of the jealous all-male kitchen staff. Ultimately, her authentic food and indomitable charm win over her critics. In French, with English subtitles.

Director: Christian Vincent
France (2013) • 95 Minutes • Rated PG-13

Discussion Circle
After the 5:30 p.m. show, join French cook Patrick Bourrel to talk about the film. Bourrel, the owner of La Boulangerie French Bakery & Cafe in Fresno, spent his childhood around a kitchen in France. Always finding comfort there, he followed his passion to America, where he found an opportunity to open La Boulangerie, which he has run for 32 years. Moderated by Filmworks board member Mary Husain.

Screening Sponsors
L-Alliance-300pxL’Alliance Française de Fresno
Since 1983, L’Alliance Française has promoted French language and culture in Fresno and the central San Joaquin Valley. The organization provides: a lecture series in both French and English; a weekly French conversation group; a French language school; scholarships for students of French; co-sponsorship of area cultural events; traditional French celebrations; and contact with the Fresno Pétanque Club.

La-Bou-400pxLa Boulangerie French Bakery & Cafe
Since 1980, La Boulangerie has served French-influenced bakery and cafe items by emphasizing the use of fresh and wholesome ingredients. From intricate wedding cakes to the soup and sandwich of the day, La Boulangerie works with local farmers daily to source its food, using mostly fruits and vegetables in their bakery and bistro, organic coffees, great chocolates, and fresh eggs and butter. Located in Fig Garden Village.

Filmworks thanks K-Jewel 99.3 FM, The Fresno Bee, Vida en el Valle, and Stella Artois for their support.