A Taste of Hunger is co-written by Tobias Lindholm and Christoffer Boe, the Director. It stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) as Carsten, and Katrine Greis-Rosenthal (A Fortunate Man) as Maggie. The cast also includes Charlie Gustafsson as Frederik, Flora Augusta and August Christian Vinkel as Chloe and August, Maggie and Carsten's children and Nicolas Bro as Torben, Carsten's brother.
Carsten and his wife Maggi are hungry for great food and even hungrier for a Michelin star that will assure the success of their restaurant and recognise their achievements. A power couple within the Danish gourmet scene, they'll risk everything in the relentless pursuit of perfection. From their sweet first meeting, to the eventual confrontation of a sour betrayal - resulting in a heated climax when all of the elements combine. A film by Christoffer Boe, it's 104 minutes long and hails from Denmark. M Rated, find it in cinemas from 13 October 2022.
Yet another cooking show with sumptuous food on display? I think not. There is sumptuous, mouth-watering food, handled and sliced lovingly, meaningfully, and with purpose, just like the film and the performers themselves. A Taste of Hunger goes far beyond the depths of chasing that Michelin Star. The story is presented to the viewer by going back and forth in time, divided into chapters from the first sweet meeting of the protagonists to the bitter end of a sour betrayal.
As Carsten himself voices in the film - 'there's more than a kitchen in a restaurant' - that's exactly what the film covers. All of the surrounding emotions, the highs, the lows, family, jealousy, love, anger, hate, ambition, betrayal, good intentions gone awry, blackmail that twists a crisis for benefit, surprising discoveries you never expected, a sumptuous feast for the senses.
The former Nikolaj Coster-Waldau aka Jaime Lannister from Game of Thrones in a different kind of ruthless is a joy to watch. A Taste of Hunger teases from him an impressive range of emotions as a performer, which he never got the chance to display as the king slayer. Reminiscent of English chef Gordon Ramsay, when things don't go perfectly, Carsten's outbursts are contained, but frightening. It's a reminder of how cutthroat the restaurant industry is.
Katrine Greis-Rosenthal's performance as Maggie is just as powerful - her expressions and execution of her role add to the highly intense personal drama of a wife, mother, and co-creator who chases the dream as hard as her husband. This is a well acted and thoughtfully written story of the culinary world, and delves into its soft, dark, underbelly. A delicious production, it will pull you in through its well-crafted visual aesthetics and two brilliant performances from its central characters. A bit of a heads up, don't leave your seats as the credits start to roll as if it's all over. Wait for one more last scene.