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Film Review: Delicious

Director:    Eric Besnard

Cast:    Grégory Gadebois, Isabelle Carré, Benjamin Lavernhe, Guillaume de Tonquédec, Lorenzo Lefèbvre, Christian Bouillette

Rating:    M

Running Time:    113

Australian Distributor:    Palace Films

It’s quite funny to note that we take it for granted to be able to sit in a place called a restaurant, to have a meal served and to leave satisfied after paying. All this without asking the basic question: for how long has this been possible?

And this is where Delicious comes in – to give us a little history lesson on the birth of the restaurant through a rather tempting fiction because it is about food and good dishes. Delicious chooses a fictional character, Manceron, to tell us the possible reasons for the appearance of “restaurants”.

After three genre films and three others which were a tribute to those close to him, this seventh film by Eric Besnard offers a journey through time to make us glimpse the possible creation of what still makes the best days of French heritage.  He sought to explore one of our five senses in cinema. A great lover of history, he eventually discovered that the restaurant as we understand it is born much later, during the 18th century. He therefore wished to highlight this art of living “à la française” in the film which would retrace the birth of these establishments, while telling the story of a rebirth, that of a man who seems to give up his art after a major disappointment, but will gradually regain a taste for existence through the grace of a woman.   

Everything that this man makes in the kitchen is a feast for the senses. The way he rolls the dough, the passion with which he decorates the lids of the patties, is evidence of his artistic passion. The desire to cook and enjoy naturally corresponds to the present day. The mysterious Louise also looks downright modern,

The heart of the story is Manceron as sensitive and vulnerable as Grégory Gadebois plays this strong guy. In a fantastic scene, he puts fruit in Louise’s mouth, which she should guess, and in his looks, his deliberate manner, you can literally see the love grow. The affection of Manceron and Louise remains platonic for a long time and communicates without words, but gives the already very sensual happenings a romantic spice. The camerawork makes a decisive contribution to enjoying this beautiful film. The landscapes, the fog, the clouds exude the same sensual power as Manceron’s work. And often the food is arranged in a still life, as we know it from old painting.     

The tender romance and the enjoyable staging of the culinary art against the background of a change of epochs are the ingredients of a worthwhile cinema experience.

 

 



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