“Food is memories.”
If you’re doing anything before going to watch DreamWork Studios’ latest movie, The Hundred-Foot Journey, we suggest you make sure it involves eating a hearty three-course meal. Otherwise, you may feel like you’re being subjected to two hours of mouth-watering torture as you and your empty stomach are forced to watch a non-stop bombardment of beautifully prepared gourmet dishes from the confine of your seat. Trust me when I say, popcorn and snacks are not to going help, not at all.
Directed by Lasse Hallström who brought us Chocolat in 2000, The Hundred-Foot Journey stars Helen Miren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon. The movie, follows the story of Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), an aspiring chef who travels to France with his family due to to violent politics in their home of Mumbai, India. In hopes of settling down and relaunching their Indian restaurant which was completely destroyed in India, the Kadam family emigrates to the French countryside and little did they know, they were in for more than they had hope.
Unfortunately for the Kadam family, they purchased a property right opposite Michelin-starred French restaurant, Le Saule Pleurer, run by Madame Mallory (Hellen Mirren) who did everything she could to make sure that the Kadam’s business would not affect hers. The first half of the movie sees a heated clash between the two establishments and cultures that includes sabotaging each other’s business. As the movie goes on, Hassan slowly starts to fall in love with the classical French cuisine and Madame Mallory’s gorgeous sous-chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon).
Offering enough laugh-out-loud and heartwarming, lovey-dovey moments to satisfy romantic-comedy fans, The Hundred-Foot Journey is a movie about delicious food, the art of cooking and one man’s passion for it. The chemistry between the casts was perfect as Mirren’s snobby, uptight portrayal of Mallory delivers everything you would expect from the Academy Award-winning actress while Om Puri does the perfect portrayal of Papa Kadam who is a stubborn yet sweet patriarch.
The Hundred-Foot Journey opens in cinemas on August 28th. Don’t forget to have a hearty meal before watching the movie! Watch the trailer below and you’ll know just exactly what we mean.