The Hundred Foot Journey

Posted on August 9, 2014


The Hundred Foot Journey – Another beautiful movie from director Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, Salmon Fishing In The Yemen). Young Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) and his family escape from a tragedy in India to Europe. The family has long been restaurateurs. In England, Hassan describes the vegetables as having no soul. Fate brings the family to a tiny town in France where Papa (Om Puri) insists on setting up Maison Mumbai across the street from a Michelin-rated restaurant.

Almost immediately Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) declares war. Devilish Papa is more than equal to the task. He knows that once the haughty French taste his Indian food, they’ll be won over. Hassan aspires to be a world-class chef and mixes both cuisines. Madame soon realizes Hassan is her ticket to a second Michelin star. This results in a totally delightful movie. There’s a cooking scene without words but you know exactly what’s going on. Set in the south of France, the scenery is stunning and the food is mouth-watering. The romance between Hassan and Marguerite (Charlotte LeBon) and, of course, the eventual romance between Madame and Papa are icing on the cake.

Ms. Mirren is always good, Manish Dayal looks a teeny bit like a young Elvis, and Om Puri is Oscar worthy.