The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey

3.3 102 Ratings

Directed by : Lasse Hallstrom

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  • Critics Rating 2.5/5
  • MJ Rating 2.8/5
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In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa , 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 ide...more

Verdict

“The Hundred-Foot Journey may follow the predictable feel good story arc, but its simplicity and the connection between Om Puri and Helen Mirren that make it a satisfying weekend watch. ”

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Helen Mirren

The Hundred-Foot Journey Audience Review

A feast for the senses

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The 100 Foot Journey misses being a great movie but is still lovely to watch. It is set in the beautiful and serene French countryside and almost every scene tempts you with delicious food, whether it is tandoori kebabs or a gold covered beetroot (an experiment in molecular cooking) or just a plate of simple bread, olive oil and cheese. Food overtakes your senses so completely that when the interval comes up you scramble for the nearest samosa.

Om Puri plays the head of a traditional chef family that migrates to Europe to start a new life. He decides to set up shop right opposite a fancy Michelin starred restaurant. This leads to a lot of friction between him and the crusty French Madame who runs it over everything from the gaudy Taj Mahal cutout at the entrance to the noisy bhangra music .His son is a gifted chef who wants to learn traditional French cuisine from Madame. Will his father let him? Will he become a famous French chef or return to his roots? Will Madam and Pappa take the crucial 100 steps between the two restaurants and bridge the divide?

The performances are good, especially Om Puri who behaves with a Devil may care attitude even in a foreign land where he is trying to establish himself while his children cringe around in embarrassment at his bargaining antics.

The story is simple and sweet though quite predictable. Some crucial element is missing that stops the movie from becoming an outstanding dish worth the unattainable 3 Michelin stars. However, I would still recommend it to you as a pleasant weekend watch or for an empty afternoon. Go after a good meal though or you will be compelled to eat junk in the theatre to satisfy your cravings.