The Taste of Things
(La passion de Dodin Bouffant)
Juliette Binoche, Benoît Magimel, Emmanuel Salinger, Patrick d’Assumçao,
Trần Anh Hùng won Best Director at Cannes Film Festival for this sumptuous and impossibly romantic film that pays tribute to love, food, and joie de vivre. Based on a Marcel Rouff novel, The Taste of Things stars Juliette Binoche as Eugénie, a renowned nineteenth-century chef who partners with the gourmet Dodin (Benoît Magimel) to create gustatory pleasures. They’ve become lovers over the years, but Eugénie refuses to marry him, citing a desire to maintain her independence. That tension brings additional spice to a film inclined to linger over delicious dishes, charting a nuanced and touching relationship between strong-willed, deeply affectionate individuals with intertwined yet separate lives. Trần (The Scent of Green Papaya) deftly presents this culinary world as a reminder of how our passions give us meaning.