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A Matter of Taste

Original title
Une affaire de goût
Year
Running time
90 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Bernard Rapp, Gilles Taurand (Novel: Philippe Balland)
Music
Jean-Philippe Goude
Cinematography
Gérard de Battista
Cast
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Producer
Canal+ / Catherine Dussart Productions (CDP)
Genre
Drama. Thriller | Psychological Drama
Synopsis / Plot
Nicolas is a young man living in bohemian poverty in Lyon, sharing a flat with his girlfriend Beatrice and three of their friends. Nicolas works part-time as a server, and one night a customer asks him to taste his hors d'oeuvres and see if he can identity the ingredients. Nicolas' palate meets the challenge, and the customer introduces himself as Frederic Delamont, a wealthy business tycoon. Frederic hires Nicolas as his official food taster at a handsome salary. Frederic also discovers that Nicolas wears the same size shoes and suits, and he begins costuming Nicolas in his cast-offs. While Beatrice isn't comfortable with their newly luxurious lifestyle, Nicolas takes to it readily, until he becomes seriously ill after eating chemically-tainted seafood. It seems that Frederic loathes seafood, and wanted to condition Nicolas to hate it too -- this was to be the first step toward turning Nicolas into someone who could duplicate Frederic's likes and dislikes on all levels.
Awards
2000: César Awards: 5 Nominations
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