Cinema has always exalted the culinary art in its films, staging humanity, emotions, cultures and social rules that are expressed in rituals related to food and its preparation. Here are 10 films that, according to us of the Tiramisù World Cup, investigate the emotions hidden in the folds of the soul of those who have made food and cooking their way of life! 

1. Chocolat (Lasse Hallström, 2000) 

«Each time I tell myself it’s the last time, but then I get a whiff of her hot chocolate» 

Vianne Rocher arrives with her daughter Anouk in the French village of Lansquenet on the eve of Lent. Vianne inaugurates a pastry shop, which will immediately become the object of criticism and secret interest of all the locals, and not just them… 

2. Julie & Julia (Nora Ephron, 2009) 

«Here’s my final words on the subject, you can never have too much, butter!» 

To avoid the humdrum routine of working in a call center, aspiring writer Julie Powell decides to experiment in a year the 524 dishes contained in Julia Child’s famous recipe book, telling about her culinary adventure in a blog. What will the future hold for Julie…? 

3. Eat pray love (Ryan Murphy, 2010) 

«I’m in love. I’m having a relationship with my pizza» 

Based on the autobiographical book by Elizabeth Gilbert, played by Julia Roberts, the film tells the story of the protagonist’s journey in search of herself after a difficult divorce. She will travel the world passing through Italy and her good food, arriving in Bali, Indonesia. Will Elizabeth find what she is really looking for? 

4. Ratatouille (Brad Bird e Jan Pinkava, 2007) 

«Food always comes to those who love to cook» 

Pixar’s eighth feature film transports the love for cooking into the heart of the little mouse Rémy who, after a daring escape from the country house where he lived as official taster for his rat colony, finds himself living in Paris. By chance he meets Linguini, a clumsy aspiring chef to whom Rémy will teach the art of French haute cuisine!   

5. Haute cuisine (Christian Vincent, 2012) 

«A delicious pâté de foie gras and to hell with the dietician!» 

Inspired by the life of Danièle Mazet-Delpeuch, chef to French President François Mitterrand between 1988 and 1990, the film tells the story of the French chef Hortense Laborie who, to the amazement of the entire Elysée cooking brigade, is chosen as the President’s official chef. In a short time, Hortense’s cooking will bewitch the French leader, but will she be able to endure everyday life in the President’s palace?  

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