LA MORT DE CAMILLE

La Mort de Camille is a platted dessert based on one of the final scene of Jean-Luc Godard’s 1963 film Le Mépris, and is meant to be served at the end of its screening. A blond lemon dacquoise bleeds on the plate, as shattered pieces of almond nougatine are scattered around, capturing the impact of the car accident which kills Camille.

A plated dessert, coming at the end of the meal, should also stsrive to bring notes of glamor and tragedy to mark the end of a journey. In La Mort de Camille, the blond lemon dacquoise dramatically bleeds its spicy coulis onto the plate. The coulis self-plates when the dacquoise is pierced, left to its own fate. This act, tragic because of its deterministic nature, is in direct opposition to the glamour of the pastry and of the beautiful white porcelain dish.