Delicious movie review: The French film is a feast for the eyes

Remember to have a hearty meal before you sit down for this movie. Otherwise, within a few minutes the pain of hunger will start torment you.

It begins with pastry dough—flour, egg, and butter are kneaded by hand until metamorphosed into a malleable, sticky paste, molded and filled with potato and truffle ginger-cut slices. goes.

When it’s baked, it shines with its egg wash—and if movies let you smell everything you see, you can bet it smells amazing. What is this delectable morsel called? a delicious”.

This is the first of many, many frames of live cuisine staged like close-ups, wide shots or even a painting hanging in the Louvre.

If you’re craving some food porn and crowd pleaser stories, Delicious Will satisfy that hunger.

The French film is a mass appeal, boilerplate historical drama that works perfectly fine at the moment, buoyed by heartwarming performances from Gregory Gadebois and Isabel Carré.

Set on the eve of the French Revolution in 1789, Delicious The focus is on culinary master Pierre Manserran (Gadebois), an in-house chef for the Duke of Chamfort (Benjamin LaVernhe).

Manseron created “delicious” as well as all-food dishes from gleaming copper utensils, carefully arranged on plates and served to Chamfort’s haphazardly wealthy friends. Sofia Coppola makes a parade of mouth-watering food Marie Antoinette look frivolous

but as soon as Marie AntoinetteHosting gluttony and the most extravagant food stands for the carelessness of the French aristocracy, while farmers starve to ration and buckle under the stress of crippling taxation.

When Manserone is dismissed from his job due to the disdain of one of Chamfort’s guests—apparently neither “serious” nor “polite”—the chef and his son return to the ramshackle outpost, from where he had come.

The outpost is a simple place for weary travelers to feed their horse and eat a little cheese and bread.

Soon after, a woman named Louise (Isabelle Carrey) shows up at Manseron’s door, asking to be his apprentice. She claims to be a jam-maker, but wants to learn real cooking techniques from the very best.

Manceron is initially uninterested, but ungratefully takes it upon himself. When he is given the opportunity to win back his position with Chamfort, it is all on deck, but his son Benjamin (Lorenzo Lefebvre) really wants his father to innovate with what he has.

Benjamin is the voice of the people in this film, part of the disaffected working class, who feels the excitement of a revolutionary spirit that we know will soon come to the heads of the wealthy.

Benjamin doesn’t want to see his father return to the service of a wealthy master, he wants his father to try something different with his establishment – ​​perhaps a set menu with prices, different dishes, and tables, chairs, and ambiance.

In short, he is describing a restaurant.

Delicious begins its film with a title card that tells us that at this time in history, people only ate at home or while traveling, they never went out to eat for pleasure. The film becomes a story of how the first restaurant was built.

In fact, the first restaurant is generally considered to be Le Grande Tavern des Londres in Paris, which opened a few years ago. Delicious is set, but the film does a great job of marrying an origin story with its French Revolution-adjacent historical context.

And remember to eat before you sit down, because Delicious Will make you crazy about French cuisine.

Rating: 3/5

Delicious from Boxing Day is in theaters this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with advance screenings

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