The Hundred-Foot Journey is based on the novel of the same name, is about two restaurant owners who operate competitive restaurants on the same street in a small French town, and come from totally different backgrounds.
Displaced from their native India due to violent politics, led by Papa the Kadam family decided to emigrate to Europe and hope to re-launch their destroyed Indian restaurant. They settled in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. The area is both picturesque and elegant and filled with charm which is the ideal place to settle down and open, the Maison Mumbai, an Indian restaurant run by Hassan Kadam.
On the same street is Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory. She is a chilly chef proprietress and is not happy about Maison Mumbai. She is incensed that they dare open what she considers an inappropriate dining establishment with over-spiced food. Her protests against the new restaurant escalated into a war between the two restaurants until Hassan’s passion for French cuisine and for Madame Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite combine with Hassan’s talent to weave magic between their two cultures. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
The general consensus is that it is a pleasant, but perhaps forgettable movie and a food porn that you should not see on an empty stomach. You may not like this movie if you are into “popcorn movies”; you may find it slow and boring. Cinematography is very good and the soundtrack is a pleasant cross between French Chanson and Bollywood.
It stars Helen Mirren as Madam Mallory, Manish Dayal as Hassan Kadam, Om Puri as Papa. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg.
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