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During World War II, Fernand Jouvin, a slothful Frenchman, becomes a prisoner of war; he escapes, however, and takes refuge in an inn run by Gerda. At the end of the war, he decides not to return to his wife, Christiane, and remains with Gerda for 10 years. Eventually, Gerda's husband returns, and Fernand is forced to rejoin his wife in Martigues. The changes are extraordinary; their little cafe has been turned into a lavish restaurant, and his wife, believing him dead, has married Fernand's former chef, André. Realizing that Fernand is still her husband, Christiane denies André his marriage rights until Fernand agrees to a divorce. The two men become great friends, until André begins to believe that Fernand is double-crossing him and returns to his home in Normandy. Fernand becomes so despondent that he visits André and agrees to divorce Christiane if André will marry her and assume the responsibility of running the restaurant. Gerda suddenly appears and announces that her husband is in Siberia, and she is now free to marry Fernand. The men soon find themselves back in the kitchen being dominated by their wives.
Anne Marie Carrière
Opened in Paris in December 1963 as La cuisine au beurre; running time: 82 min (cut from 100 min); opened in Rome in March 1965 as Cucina al burro; running time: 105 min. Only one source credits Manella as producer and Galabru as screenwriter.