Rhapsodie pour un Pot-au-feu (Stewpot Rhapsody) is a multi-awarded short animated film directed by Charlotte Cambon, Soizic Mouton, Stéphanie Mercier and Marion Roussel, as their graduation film at Gobelins School of the Image, in Paris, France. The music score is by Laurent Courbier.
Three generations live under the same roof in a rhythmic hustle and bustle of a full house at dinnertime. The mother, a central pillar of the family, strives to gather this family around a pot-au-feu.
The film contains minimum unsubtitled dialogue in French; the mother’s “les enfants, la table s’il vous plait” means “children, table please”, while “la table” and “a table!” mean “the table” and “at the table!”.
Charlotte Cambon is a French animation film director who studied animation and filmmaking at Gobelins and La Poudrière, where she directed & co-directed several movies. Soizic Mouton is a Vanuatu-born French illustrator, working for animation studios and interested in photography. Stéphanie Mercier is a USA-born French 2D and CG animator who graduated from Gobelins, Paris in 2012, you can check her illustrated bio here. Marion Roussel is a 2D Animator/Posing Artist.
Pot-au-feu (literally “pot on the fire”) is a French beef stew. According to the chef Raymond Blanc, pot-au-feu is “the quintessence of French family cuisine, it is the most celebrated dish in France. It honours the tables of the rich and poor alike”.