The Taste of Others

Synopsis: Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel plant in Rouen; Bruno is his flute-playing driver, Franck is his temporary bodyguard while he negotiates a contract with Iranians, his wife Angélique does frou-frou interior decorating and loves her dog. The conventional Castella hires a forty-year-old actress, Clara, to tutor him in English, and he finds her and her Bohemian lifestyle fascinating. Is this love? What would she say if he declared himself? Through Bruno, Franck meets Manie, a barmaid who deals hash. They begin an affair. Are they in love? They joke about marriage. As the women hold back, the men must make decisions.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Agnès Jaoui
Production: Artistic License Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 11 nominations.
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112 min

- You're kidding yourself. | - You see evil everywhere.

No, I'm realistic, that's all.

Of course, it does happen, | sometimes...

Sometimes? Are you joking?

At the office, at school, | it's the same everywhere.

There's always a prick.

They're not all dishonest. | Give me a break.

You say that because they don't | tell you what's going on.

But if you dig a little...

If you order twelve oysters | and one's bad...

you don't throw them all...

How many examples do we need?

The office, school, oysters. | I got it already.

You offer $20 to an oyster, | what's it going to do?

- Your example isn't a good one. | - Maybe this one isn't.

But you can't condemn everyone | because of one that's corrupt.

Maybe this guy was honest.

So why didn't he impose | an obvious penalty?

- Maybe he didn't see it. | - No?

- It's sneaky and underhanded. | - Who knows?

They're exactly the same.

We're well-positioned.

It's a mere formality, | but it should clinch the deal.

On the other hand, | we can forget about Simpson.

I'm not surprised. | He's just a fag.


Please, bring us some | little pastries, the little...

- Mignardises. | - Yes. And the check, please.


Those are really bad for you.

I didn't have any dessert.

It's exactly these little things | that you should avoid.

- We had a very rich meal. | - It's too late, anyway.

Do I have to go tomorrow? | Can't you go alone?

Why do I have to be there?

I thought it was a good idea. | But if you prefer...

I only know four English words.

I'll be there, asking you the | whole time, "What's he saying?

"Tell him that..." | It's going to slow things down.

- Go by yourself, I prefer... | - You have a 3:30 today.

A 3:
30 appointment? | With whom?

Mrs. Devaux, | the English teacher.

Oh, yes.

Is it really necessary?

You make what a month? | Eight thousand?

- More. | - Ten thousand?

- Less. | - So, nine thousand.

- Less. | - Who cares?

That's not the point. | I'm explaining something.

Imagine you're a referee.

A guy offers you some dough, | just like that.

He asks you to look | the other way. What do you do?

Give them a call to explain.

I'll call them right away...

to say that 4:
30 is better.

It's just half an hour.


This Weber is a real gem.

Could you close | your window, honey?

Effiicient, devoted. | I admire him, really.

- I give him enough money. | - Excuse me?

I pay him like a king.

He'd better be devoted. | The opposite would amaze me.

The money he earns | isn't important.

I'm talking about | human qualities, about...

He's such a smart dresser.

You should ask him | where he buys his suits.

I ate too much.

I won't eat. | An apple and right to bed.

You, eat an apple? | That would be surprising.

We're going to | the theater tonight.

Aw, sh*t!

Aw, hell!

Do I have to go, too?

Your niece knows we're coming.

Why did we tell her?

What the hell will we do there?

- Good afternoon, Mr. Castella. | - How are you, Gustave?

- Did we change the robot? | - Yes, last night. No problem.

- Did we lose much? | - About 10 hours.

The production's back on again.

Do they really | have to follow me everywhere?

That's the idea.

Franck. I'm not used to it, | so explain a little.

You must follow me everywhere?

That's what I'm paid to do.

Here in the plant? | What can happen?

A bad situation | can happen anywhere.

An attacker has | plenty of choices.

I think you're the one | who's going to...

Mrs. Devaux has been waiting | for 15 minutes.

- Who? | - Devaux.

- Your English teacher. | - Oh, yes, dammit. Let her in.

When do we sign | with the Iranians?

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Jean-Pierre Bacri

Jean-Pierre Bacri (born 24 May 1951) is a French actor and screenwriter who frequently works in collaboration with Agnès Jaoui. more…

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