Hollywood hasn't forgotten us. If you like a good story, fascinating characters, gorgeous scenery and certain scenes to cherish add, The Hundred-Foot Journey, to your must see list. No Ninja Turtles, creatures from outer space, massive destruction or impending doom. Just a good old fashioned romantic movie.
The wonderful Helen Mirren plays Madame Mallory, the proprietress of a celebrated Michelin-starred French restaurant in small picturesque French village. Without warning a displaced family from their native India, The Kadams, led by the equally wonderful actor, Om Purui, arrive one day and decide to open Maison Mumbai right across the street. In fact, exactly 100 feet from door to door. An interesting food/personality war develops with a not unexpected romance between Papa's chef son, Hassan (Manish Dayal) and Madame's sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon),
Director Lasse Hallstrom who gave us the Oscar nominated Chocolat back in 2000, loves to linger over food and the preparation. He caresses a table with love and affection as we see the colorful spices, knives that slice and dice in furious fashion, and temperamental kitchen help. It always looks so nice when it gets to your table, but what it took to get it there is not always easy.
Complications develop when the handsome and appealing Hassan decides he wants to become a French Chef and Madame Mallory takes him under her wing. They have some wonderful scenes together.
Lucky for us the camera often leaves the interiors and we see some of the most beautiful parts of France and an unexpected tour of Paris
This is a light weight, predictable tale put together by so many talented people, you'll be glad you spent some time just having fun at the movies.
Running Time: 122 minutes
Rating: PG for thematic elements plus some violence, language and brief sensuality
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