by Joan Alperin-Schwartz
'The Hundred Foot Journey' directed by Lasse Hallstrom, is a film about food, the senses, cross-cultures and love.
Steven Knight ('Locke' 'Eastern Promises') wrote the screenplay based on Richard C. Morais' 2010 novel, which to date, has sold over 100 million copies world-wide.
When an uprising in their native Mumbai, destroys the Kadam's popular restaurant, Papa Kadam (Om Puri) decides to move the family to Europe, where they can continue to share their delicious Indian food with the masses.
After a brief stay in England, the family heads to France where they wind up, through a series of circumstances, settling in a small French village.
It's here, ignoring the protests of his sons, the very outspoken and opinionated Papa, decides that this would be a perfect place to open a new restaurant and that's exactly what he does.
The restaurant is called, Maison Mumbai. and even though its only 100 feet across the road from the Michelin starred, Le Saule Pleureur, owned by Madame Mallory (the wonderful Helen Mirren) Papa is confident that the villagers will flock to his place.
After all, Indian food is just what the french needs, right?
To say this leads to cultures clashing would be an understatement.
War is proclaimed and the battle of the cuisines is on...Hot, spicy, Indian food versus expensive classic French cuisine.
Of course, things get a little more complicated, when the very good looking and very talented son, Hassan (Manish Dayal) tells his father, that he's interested in becoming the finest chef in the world, even if it means working for the enemy.
Oh I should mention that cooking isn't the only thing that interests, Hassan...Her name is Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) and she is Madame Mallory's sous chef.
'The One Hundred Foot Journey' is a beautiful film about the sensuality of food, the art of cooking, the coming together of two different cultures in the most unexpected ways.
The cast, mostly unknowns, are wonderful, with Helen Mirren and Om Puri being the standouts.
This is a film that will definitely make you hungry, not only for food, but for living life to the fulliest.
I gave 'The Hundred Foot Journey' 5 bagels out of 5. This is a film that everyone, no matter what your age, should see.
It's also a perfect 'date night' film.
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