March 28, 2024


I greatly enjoyed Frederick Wiseman’s documentary, Menus-Plaisirs: Les Troisgros.

It’s not for everyone. First: it’s four hours! Second, it’s all found sound, and there’s no narrative: it’s strictly daily life in a Michelin 3-star restaurant in Roanne, France. (I was led here because I’m working on reading French, and was misled by the trailers into thinking you could get French subtitles. I’m never going to learn to hear French, not with my ears, but during the pandemic a colleague shamed me into working up a reading knowledge. I’m still pretty hopeless, but can manage a light novel and can plough through weightier things at need.). Still, there’s lots of interesting material: