Warning: Do NOT watch this film if you are craving Indian food.
That said, other than inducing mega-cravings for Indian food, The Hundred-Foot Journey has walked its way into this week’s Saturday Selection.
About the Film
After an attack on their home/restaurant that ends up killing Mama Kadam, the Kadam family leaves India. First they settle in England, but the food, as Hassan Kadam says, is “dead,” so they head to France. Happenstance drops them off in the small town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val where Papa Kadam stumbles across the perfect building to turn into their new restaurant.
Unfortunately, directly across (100 feet to be exact) from the budding Kadam eatery is Madame Mallory’s classic French restaurant with its coveted Michelin star. Madame does everything possible to keep the Kadams down, but the clever Papa lures in business just the same.
Eventually, Papa and Madame come to a truce…that is until Madame discovers Hassan has the makings of a superb chef and could be her ticket to another Michelin star. Once she tucks Hassan under her wing, Papa wonders if his son will ever make the 100-foot journey back to the Kadam family restaurant.
A Bit Predictable, But Still Wonderful
If you’ve seen Chocolat, The Hundred-Foot Journey will feel a little familiar: Outsiders come to a small French village, don’t live up to the village status quo, but then win over the town. Still, the rivalry between Papa and Madame (played by the astounding Helen Mirren) is delightful to watch. I’d say about half the movie follows along the outsiders-trying-to-fit-in story line, but then changes into something deeper when the Kadams are attacked and Madame realizes her rivalry may have gone too far.
Hassan’s journey from cook who learned about food at his mother’s knee to self-taught chef, also feels a bit familiar and is quite predictable, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be drawn in to watching his journey of self-discovery.
The acting in The Hundred-Foot Journey is excellent, especially as Helen Mirren seems to truly enjoy her role. The food all looks delicious – I think I gained ten pounds just watching the movie – and the cinematography is beautiful.
So, if you have a craving for a terrific, heart-warming, hunger-inducing movie, find a copy of The Hundred-Foot Journey.