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The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey

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Directed by : Lasse Hallstrom

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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


“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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A Bland Concoction

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Based on the bestseller of the same name by Richard C. Morais, this movie bears the stamp of approval of not just Oprah Winfrey but Steven Spielberg too. So it's a greater shame that the final product turns out to be such a bland concoction of past efforts borrowing shamelessly from the director's past effort, 'Chocolat'. It follows the template set by the harmless and charming Johnny Depp movie, hoping to probably bring Oscar glory like that one did.

An Indian family moves to the French countryside, trying to find their footing in the world after a bout of communal violence consumes a member in Mumbai. A little lost and very unsure, the patriarch of the Kadam family, decides that this sleepy little French town would be the place to get things started again and decides to set up an Indian restaurant where he appoints his son, Hassan (Manish Dayal) as the cook. However the restaurant owner across the street, Madam Mallory (Helen Mirren) doesn't take to them or their food and regards them as competition leading to much hijinks. However a racist incident leads to the two restaurants coming closer and Mallory realises the talent and ambition that Hassan has as a cook. She takes him under her wing and decides to teach him all there is to learn about French cooking.

The movie follows a predictable path of food-porn and ethnic mysticism along with a healthy dose of the message of 'home is where the heart is'. It advocates taking chances and exploring new avenues to lead to greater achievements but falls back on familiarity as the final game. That's not to say that there's nothing to enjoy here. The constant banter between Om Puri and Helen Mirren is an absolute delight with the two actors going at it full force. Even the scenic locations and an absolutely stunning Charlotte Le Bon provide much eye candy for the proceedings. However the movie's not able to rise above it's mostly bland narration.

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