Leon casino, Hortense is a fascinating lead character; her spirit initially strong and defiant in the face of being thrown into a man’s world, we are shifted back and forth between her past in France to her present in Antarctica, where she has taken refuge as the lead chef for a scientific expedition, another all-male setting. “Adversity keeps me going,” the president tells her when the going gets tough in the French palace, “it is the spice of life.” Hortense must share his philosophy; she moves through life taking on challenges that enable her to pour herself into her culinary creations, winning the hearts of those who are fortunate enough to feast on them as well as the hungry spectators of the film’s beautiful cinematography. A post-movie meal plan is highly recommended.
FPH Gotham Film Correspondent
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