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DELICIOUS (2021, FRA) – 7/10

Without a restaurant, it would probably be hard for us to imagine life today, and this charming French humorous drama that takes us back to the time just before the French Revolution, tells the story of the time when the first restaurant was created. Not “Delicious” (Délicieux in the original), written and directed by the experienced Eric Besnard is a literal historical, factual story about the opening of the first place that could be described as a restaurant, but a fun and sympathetic humorous drama about how it might have looked. This film could be described as a feel-good dedication to food, enjoyment of good papica and French cuisine in general, but also the idea of ​​a restaurant as a place where the rich and the poor can eat the same food side by side. Besnard set the shop in 1789, a few months before the French Revolution, in a French province.

There will return Manceron (Grégory Gadebois), the personal chef of the Duke de Chamfort (Benjamin Lavernhe) after the Duke and his company completely unreasonably insult and humiliate him after a typical aristocratic dinner. Offended and disappointed, Manceron and his son Benjamin will return home with their tails wagged, to the village, to an old and neglected inn where, it will be, he once started cooking. In despair and grief, he is interrupted by the arrival of the mysterious Louise (Isabelle Carré) who would like to be his student. Reluctantly, Manceron will agree to that, and the inn where soldiers and other passengers come along the way will very quickly turn into a place where all those who would eat something good come.

Still, an irritating duke reappears in Manceron’s life who decides to give him a second chance, and it turns out that Louise has some hidden plans that don’t just involve cooking and preparing meals. And it was all filmed in a bright color palette to emphasize all the variety and richness of food and drink that Manceron makes, and “Delicious” was one of the typical, fluttery, not overly demanding French humorous dramas that only superficially deals with social differences. on the eve of the French Revolution and the circumstances that led to it. From the first scene, it is clear to us that the duke and his circle are typical, arrogant aristocrats who squander their wealth and care that the vast majority of people have nothing to eat.

While the average person is dying of hunger, delicacies are prepared in their courtyards as in today’s Michelin-starred restaurants, and this human scum can’t even appreciate it. So in the introductory scene as we meet Manceron while he’s still a court chef and preparing a sumptuous dinner, it all feels like some famous modern chef is preparing for the busiest night at some popular restaurant. Many people help him, he is primarily in charge of designing the menu and makes sure that everything goes well, but in the end the quality and his imagination are not important to the team that hosts these delicacies, but his ability is decided by the whims of Lezilebovic. with full right to roll down the guillotine a month later.