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The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

August 08, 2014

MPAA Rating

PG

Duration

122 min.

Studio

Walt Disney Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Lasse Hallstrom

Producer

Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Juliet Blake

Screenwriter

Steven Knight

Starring

  • Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory
  • Manish Dayal
  • Om Puri
  • Charlotte Le Bon
  • Rohan Chand
  • Juhi Chawla
  • Rohan Chand
  • Amit Shah
  • Dillon Mitra
  • Farzana Dua Elahe

Story


In "The Hundred-Foot Journey," Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingenue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant - the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments - until Hassan's passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory's enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

"The Hundred-Foot Journey" abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy's drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..there's comfort food and there are comfort movies. In Lasse Hallstrom's "The Hundred-Foot Journey," you get a full helping of both. And guess what? It's all very comforting..”
by Randy Cordova [Arizona Republic]
“..there are no surprises - nothing off the menu - in this tasty and tasteful feel-good dramedy about clashing cultures and cuisines, but fans of "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" will no doubt find it palatable..”
by Bruce Ingram [Chicago Sun-Times]
“..the movie is at times too sentimental and the storyline is neither original nor surprising, but the production as a whole gains points for its unalloyed charm. This is one dish that has been cooked well enough to satisfy..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]