Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
Original title: Le Gout Des Autres
France, 2000. Canal+, France 2 Cinéma, Les Films A4. Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Bacri, Agnes Jaoui. Cinematography by Laurent Dailland. Produced by Christian Berard, Charles Gassot. Music by Jean-Charles Jarrel. Production Design by Francois Emmanuelli. Costume Design by Jackie Budin. Film Editing by Herve de Luze.
Everyday conversations become the most enjoyable entertainment in the world in this cinematic slice of heaven from first time director Agnes Jaoui (who also stars). The action centres on a middle-aged businessman (Jean-Pierre Bacri) who is preparing for a big deal with a Middle Eastern company and is forced by his insurance company to take on a bodyguard (Gérard Lanvin). While attending the theatre one night with his frivolous, interior-decorator wife, the businessman witnesses a beautiful performance by a mysterious actress (Anne Alvaro) who also turns out to be his English teacher. Becoming enamoured of her, he follows her from place to place hoping he can inspire the same feelings in her, but she thinks of him as far too new-money/unsophisticated for her intellectual taste. Meanwhile, his driver (Alain Chabat) reunites with Alvaro’s best friend, a bartender (Jaoui) who reignites a small affair with him and subsequently an even bigger one with Lanvin the bodyguard. Watching the ins and outs of relationships in this touching and beautiful work of perfection is so enjoyable you’ll never want it to end.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film
European Film Award: Best European Screenwriter
Nomination: Best European Film