The Taste of Things

The Taste of Things ★★★★

ZFF 2023 #35

Cooking as an act of love. That's the film, and it manages to sustain itself on that beautifully simple sentiment (and its gorgeously lived-in period setting) for its entire 134-minute runtime, making tangible the idea that love is mysterious and ephemeral, that it is a continuous process, and that it's a fool's errand to try to nail it down and define it with such incommensurate categories like marriage. It's a shared passion, treasured and unspoken rituals, the joy of creating something together. It helps, of course, that these ideas are conveyed through two of Francophone cinema's finest actors working today. The closing moments are magical.

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