The Taste Of Others (2000)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):    BBBBB

Original title:  Le Gout Des Autres

France2000.  Canal+, France 2 Cinéma, Les Films A4.  Screenplay by , Agnes Jaoui.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Everyday conversations become the most enjoyable entertainment in the world in this cinematic slice of heaven from first time director  (who also stars). The action centres on a middle-aged businessman () who is preparing for a big deal with a Middle Eastern company and is forced by his insurance company to take on a bodyguard (). While attending the theatre one night with his frivolous, interior-decorator wife, the businessman witnesses a beautiful performance by a mysterious actress () 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 () 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

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