This is not the type of movie I generally go to see. Thankfully it was part of my recent press trip because I absolutely loved it.
“In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), 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 ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments.”
There is more of the synopsis available on the web but I don’t want to spoil it for you. And many of you have read the book, those in my group who read the book said there were still surprises in the movie and they also loved it!
I have always enjoyed cooking, I have no desire to do it as a job, but like many folks, I enjoy watching cooking shows and have, since before they came into mainstream TV. The cooking scenes in this movie start out artful. They are so carefully filmed and shared with the audience, it is as if we are transported to India, and then France, and are tasting the foods ourselves. Preparing and then cooking food is also quite exhilarating to me. I found several parts of this movie where the preparation of the foods and the cooking were sensual as well as exciting. And the big thread running through the movie is “Every Bite Takes You Home.” Whether home is India, France, or wherever our memories of a good meal come from!
I’ll have an interview with the main character, Hassan Kadam played by Manish Dayal, tomorrow. He is delicious as well:
For most of the picture he is up against Madame Mallory played by Helen Mirren, she is amazing as always.
I can’t get enough of her.
This movie is beautifully done and supposedly had me sobbing at points per the woman sitting next to me. It is possible. It is emotional and very satisfying, like a great meal!
Disclosure: Disney invited me on this press trip and paid all of my expenses. No other compensation was received. All opinions are always 100% my own and honest.