The chef's wife

The chef's wife

DVD - 2014 | French
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Marithe works in a training center and her main responsibility is to assist people seeking alternative job options. One day, Carole arrives at the center, looking for new professional opportunities. She can no longer stand the pressure of working with her talented Michelin-starred chef husband, Sam, nor does she want to live in his shadow. She's never finished her studies and thus reaches out to Marithe to turn her life around.
Publisher: [United States] : Icarus Films Home Video, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
Branch Call Number: DVD FRENCH CHEF'S 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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jimg2000
Dec 05, 2017

You've lost all respect for rules, professional ethics. You're mixing personal with professional. You've stopped communicating with coworkers. Doesn't all that mean anything to you?
-Ah what?
Breaking rules, isolation, personal/professional confusion.
-Yeah, those are all the symptoms of burnout. (loong paause) I've got all the symptoms of burnout. I'm burned-out. Oh. shxt! What's the standard procedure again?
Sick leave. Psychotherapy - a dozen sessions, to start. Focus on nonprofessional activities - hobbies and leisure.
-And if there's no improvement in 3 months, a skills assessment aimed at retraining.

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jimg2000
Aug 06, 2017

You've lost all respect for rules, professional ethics. You're mixing personal with professional. You've stopped communicating with coworkers. Doesn't all that mean anything to you?
-All what?
Breaking rules, isolation, personal/professional confusion.
-Yeah, those are all the symptoms of burnout. (loong paause) I've got all the symptoms of burnout. I'm burned-out. Oh. shxt! What's the standard procedure again?
Sick leave. Psychotherapy - a dozen sessions, to start. Focus on nonprofessional activities - hobbies and leisure.
-And if there's no improvement in 3 months, a skills assessment aimed at retraining.

j
jimg2000
Aug 06, 2017

And Vincent? What does he do?
-He has an accounting firm.
Fantastic! That's boring as hell! Believe me, nobody;s an accountant by vocation.
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Aren't you dying to quit that job?
-No. Sure, I get bored, like everybody, but...
Stop! You're just like me - on the verge of imploding.
-No, it's not that... It's just that... You're right! Once my son leaves, what have I got? Nothing! Why not have fun for once?

j
jimg2000
Aug 06, 2017

Le Moulin Blanc, the country club... It's all so incredible. I feel like the ugly ducking here.
-When your life's a mess, you always feel out of place.
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They're almost all over 60. It's the Early Bird Special Club! I thought you understood the plan. The plan is young, pretty and hip. Not a bunch of old bags!
-No.
No what?
-No. You want simple, authentic cooking. Embrace that and have simple authentic people serve it.
If I wanted advice on food, ...
-I'd put more trust in an "old bag" than some 25-year-old anorexic.
You gonna tell me my business?
-I'm not talking marketing, I'm talking people. These women have experience, a human value. That's priceless. Your customers don't wanna be blinded by glitz!
Who's blinding them: Do I blind them? ... Boy, when you want something...

j
jimg2000
Aug 06, 2017

I'm so happy to be working with you instead of that old prune!
-Michel? An excellent trainer.
Yeah, but women understand each other. Especially at the same age. And at a crossroads.
-At a crossroads?
Yeah! Know what I mean?
-No.

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That was my son.
-I can't believe you have such a grown son.
Me either. I mean. Yesterday he was begging not to go to camp. Now he wants to go far away, for a very long time.
-Do you two live alone? ... I sensed you were going through something like that, too.
Like what?
-You know sweetie, at a crossroads.

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jimg2000
Aug 06, 2017

You look great in makeup. Is it a special occasion?
-Not really.But thanks.
...
-The idea here is to circle the words that you think are your foremost qualities.
"Stable, helpful, clever, organized, clear-headed..." That;s optimistic.
-Try to be objective, don't underestimate yourself.
Okay. "Liar" isn't on the list? "Frivolous." That's me! It's not self-deprecating. I immediately noticed your makeup.
-Why not "observant"?
Right, observant!
-You can see that you undervalue your abilities. I'm sure Le Moulin Blanc owes as much to you as to your husband.
You're so encouraging!
-Not at all. That's what I see. You know, in job interviews, women always play up their faults and men, their qualities.

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Dec 03, 2017

AKA "We Were Almost Friends (On a failli être amies)." A nice little comedy on mid-life crisis facing two women who were both at a crossroads, to breakout or stay on course in their daily grind. Key words on the DVD cover: food - love - friendship - betrayal - french. Like to add some good stuff on self assessment.

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