Tran Anh Hung’s The Pot au Feu – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8
Winner of the Camera d’Or (and the Award of the Youth French Film) for The Scent of Green Papaya back in 1993, while he has known international success (example he won Golden Lion in Venice two short years later with Cyclo) Tran Anh Hung isn’t much of a mainstay in Cannes having only returned to the Un Certain Regard section back in 2000 with The Vertical Ray of the Sun. The Pot au Feu (aka La Passion de Dodin Bouffant) is his first film in competition.
Featuring Juliette Binoche as Eugénie and Benoît Magimel as Dodin Bouffant, this focuses on Eugenie, an esteemed cook, has been working for over the last 20 years for Dodin, a fine gourmet. Growing fonder of one another, their bond turns into a romance and gives rise to delicious dishes that impress even the world’s most illustrious chefs. When Dodin is faced with Eugenie’s reluctance to commit to him, he decides to start cooking for her.
Current temp: This stew made several of our critics extremely pleased (and hungry) and while its not overcooked or not Michelin guide star rave either – we got a respectable 3.1 average with thirteen critics weighing in.
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