Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 1 Sun, Feb 25 2:15 PM


Frederick Wiseman’s
Sunday, February 25th at 2:15pm
$18 Public | $12 Members

The unrivaled maestro of observational nonfiction, Frederick Wiseman, brings his camera into a three-star Michelin restaurant in rural central France, and the results are as expansive, delectable, and provocative as one would hope. La Maison Troisgros, located in the Roanne commune in Loire, is run by head chef Michel Troisgros and his sons César and Léo. Behind the scenes, we are privy to passionate debates among the head chefs about texture, color, and depth of flavors.  In addition to displaying the craft and skill that goes into Troisgros’s mouthwatering dishes, Wiseman takes an organic approach, bringing us to a bounteous produce farm, a local vineyard, and a massive cheese cave (where “each cheese has its moment of truth”); as well as waitstaff meetings focused on individualized customer preferences and food plating at a performance-art level. In his trademark style, Wiseman patiently illuminates the restless creativity of this culinary family as they experiment with dishes, methods, and ingredients — keeping their haute cuisine anchored in tradition while brilliantly evolving. (USA/France, 2023, 240 min., Color, In French with English Subtitles | Dir. Frederick Wiseman)

Best Non-Fiction Film
New York Film Critics Circle Awards 2023

“A mouth-watering and methodical marathon for foodies. [An] immersion inside one of France’s, and the world’s, finest restaurants. Set in the kitchens, dining rooms and neighboring farms of a mouth-watering Michelin 3-star establishment nestled in the bucolic Loire region, the film is both a food lover’s dream and an aspiring chef’s guidebook, uncovering the sophisticated alchemy that makes such places not only run flawlessly, but serve up groundbreaking dishes that are also locally sourced.”
– Jordan Minzter, The Hollywood Reporter

“The most delicious excuse to spend four hours in a theater has got to be this new doc from the legendary Frederick Wiseman that takes a look at the workings of a family-owned three-Michelin-star restaurant in central France.”
– Alison Willmore, New York Magazine