Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon
Released by: Amblin Entertainment, DreamWorks Studios
Produced by Juliet Blake, who was fortunate enough to get her hands on a manuscript of the book that inspired the film, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is a cute movie made in conjunction with the French region of Midi-Pyrénées. As such, the film provides a great showcase for the area’s gorgeous natural landscape, which provides a beautiful backdrop for the story.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” tells the story of two rival restaurants in a small French town — one is a gourmet eatery run by the icy Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), and the other is an unlikely upstart opened by a poor family from India. Helen Mirren is impeccable as expected in her role as a French proprietress, while Charlotte Le Bon offers a great supporting performance as Marguerite, a young woman on a quest to become an awarded chef. However, it is Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), the unsuspecting Indian chef, who garners the much-coveted Michelin star. Impressed by his natural talent and Eastern flavors, Madame Mallory hires Hassan, turning up the competitive tension between Marguerite and Hassan as they strive for culinary glory. While the heat rises in the kitchen, sparks of attraction fly between the two young chefs, just as they do for Madame Mallory and Hassan’s father. To mark the fortuitous collaboration, Madame Mallory celebrates in true French fashion — with a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal. While the setting is decidedly French, the story itself is one of cross-cultural exchange and of passions that transcend traditional borders — something that yields appealing results not only for Hassan’s cuisine, but for the film as a whole.
For more information on “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” visit the official website
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