135 mins, France-Belgium, 2023, Digital, Subtitled

From Trân Anh Hùng, the Vietnamese director of The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) and At the Height of Summer (2000) comes this typically sumptuous and sensuous celebration of love and the culinary arts. In late-nineteenth century France, Eugénie (Juliette Binoche), recently suffering a bout of ill health, and Dodin (Benoît Magimel) work together in his kitchen to create magnificent meals renowned far and wide. While their partnership has romantic elements, she has firmly refused all offers of marriage he has made over their years sharing a near-symbiotic relationship. Featuring long sequences of food preparation, this is a deceptively simple film. At its heart, it is about the joy of creation and of devoting oneself to artistry, and the particular pleasures of finding someone like-minded with whom to share a life spent in the pursuit of the extraordinary.

SOLD OUT – Valentine’s Day Special Meal + Ticket Deal: Enjoy our special Valentine’s Day Menu for two & a pair of tickets to The Taste of Things preview screening on Wednesday 14th, 20.20 – €120 per couple. Deal available directly at IFI Box Office.

Tickets for the 18.00 screening on Monday 19th will cost €10.40 for IFI and Alliance Française members.

There will be Open Captioned screenings at 20.30 on Sunday 18th and 13.00 on Tuesday 20th.

Notes by Kevin Coyne

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