The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey

Lasse Hallström (2014)

117min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Racial divisions are seen in soft focus through the lens of director Lasse Hallström (Chocolat) in a comedy drama adapted from the novel by Richard C Morais. Helen Mirren is Madame Mallory, the snooty owner of a Michelin-starred restaurant in rural France who scents a rival when the aroma of curry wafts across the road from Om Puri's newly opened business. A game of one-upmanship ensues, as each tries to get punters through their door. But when the prodigious culinary talent of Om Puri's son (Manish Dayal) catches Madame's attention, a bridge starts to be built between the two. There are few insights into what really makes these characters tick, but the always-good-value Puri, best known for East Is East, delivers some wry laughs and it really helps that Dayal is a likeable presence. His slow-cooking romance with fellow gastronome Charlotte Le Bon is thrown in just to bulk up the stew, but even though the whole thing lacks depth, it is made with passion.

Summary

An Indian family emigrates to a village in the South of France to open a restaurant. A bitter feud erupts with the proprietor of a restaurant just across the road, while romance blossoms between the son of the newcomers and their rival's sous chef. Comedy drama based on the novel by Richard C Morais, starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon.

Cast & Crew

Madame Mallory Helen Mirren
Hassan Manish Dayal
Papa Om Puri
Marguerite Charlotte Le Bon
Mansur Amit Shah
Mahira Farzana Dua Elahe
Mukhtar Dillon Mitra
Jean-Pierre Clément Sibony
Paul Vincent Elbaz
Aisha Aria Pandya
Mayor Michel Blanc
Director Lasse Hallström
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 5 Sep 2014
Drama Comedy