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American Cuisine

American Cuisine

A Feature film by Jean-Yves Pitoun

Produced by Alva Films

Release in France : 21/10/1998


    Loren Collins, an epicure from the cradle, loses his job as a US Navy chef when he punches a bullying senior officer on the nose. Bye-bye Navy, hello France. He winds up in Dijon train station with nothing but his mountain bike and the vague promise of a job in one of France’s most prestigious restaurants, run by chef Louis Boyer, who rules his staff with a rod of iron and a ferocious temper, as Loren soon finds out to his cost

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    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Alva Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Capitol Films

    Co-productions :

    M6 Films, Universal Pictures (France)

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    Parts like this are hard to find. The story might seem simple, but it’s the first time a movie has shown the true spirit behind “haute cuisine”. Audiences will be surprised to discover the pitiless world behind the scenes in a high class restaurant. On the set, with the heat of the lights, the fake smoke and ovens, we felt more like taking a nap than working. It was quite a task to recreate the stress, the relentless pressure that great chefs work under. Throwing four platefuls into the garbage because one wasn’t quite right, having no hair on the back of your hands because you’re always burning them... All the stories you hear, even the wildest ones, are the truth. (Eddy Mitchell in “Le Figaro Magazine”, October 17th 1998)

    Full credits (17)

    Executive Producers :

    Régine Konckier, Jean-Luc Ormières

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Marie Dreujou

    Sound Assistant :

    Philippe Lecoeur

    Camera Operator :

    Kevin Jewison

    Editor :

    Monica Coleman

    Continuity supervisor :

    Aruna Villiers

    Music Composer :

    René-Marc Bini

    Sound Mixer :

    William Flageollet

    Post-production supervisor :

    Florence Leonnet

    Screenwriter :

    Jean-Yves Pitoun

    Sound Recordist :

    Patrice Grisolet

    Assistant Operator :

    Renaud Chassaing

    Press Attachés (film) :

    François Hassan Guerrar, Aude Thomas

    Production Assistant :

    Florence Leonnet

    Production Designer :

    Valérie Grall

    Costume designer :

    Édith Vesperini

    Still Photographer :

    Nathalie Eno

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 32 min

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