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Tran Anh Hung’s The Pot au Feu – 2023 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 8

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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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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