Release Date: Friday August 8, 2014.
Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah.
Director: Lasse Hallström.
Running Time: 2 hours; 2 minutes.
Rating: PG – Parents there are a few minor things to look out for, but not too much to worry about.
What is The Hundred-Foot Journey About?
It is a culture clash when the Kadam family moves to the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France and opens up an Indian restaurant called Maison Mumbai! The Kadams are met by protest by the chilly Michelin-starred chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, Madame Mallory. She is not impressed with the fact that Maison Mumbai has opened up a mere hundred feet away from her establishment. The two businesses are at odds until Madam Mallory discovers Hassan Kadam’s culinary talents and takes him under her wing.
What Should Parents Look Out For In The Hundred-Foot Journey?
Violence – There was a scene where a riot occurs and another where two men try to destroy property. Both scenes involve arson, and people get hurt.
Adult Behaviour – There are quite a few scenes where drinking is involved. But it was more of a cultural drinking, and no one became drunk because of it.
Fun Before the Screening
Since there were a few recipes in the movie from Le Cordon Bleu featured in the film, some of the chefs from the Ottawa branch of this prestigious culinary school were on hand with gifts for those screening the film! Each of us were given a chef hat, a macaroon, a recipe that was used in The Hundred-Foot Journey, and a $10 gift card to Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa that can be used at their bistro, can be put towards taking classes, or to purchase items from their boutique!
While we were waiting for the film to start, we were also given a quick lesson in how to wear our chef hat! It was a nice touch to tie in how Le Cordon Bleu and The Hundred-Foot Journey were partnered for this film.
What Did We Think About The Hundred-Foot Journey?
Foodies, food lovers and romantics rejoice! The Hundred-Foot Journey was a great movie filled with some amazing looking culinary delights from India and France. For someone who did not have the pleasure of reading this book before watching the film, some of this story was predictable, but there were other surprises that I did not see coming as well! I am so lucky that I ate before the movie started, or else my stomach would have been growling!
Just watching the film, the locations in both India and France, were a feast for the eyes! It was colourful, and you really got a feel for what it was like to be in those locations during certain points in the film. I must tip my hat to the cinematographer, it was gorgeous! Now I feel as though I have to dust off my passport so I can see these places for myself to experience what it would have been like to be where this production was filmed.
Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon were both sweet in their roles in this movie. It was great to see Dayal’s character, Hassan Kadam, grow from a cook to a chef, and to see that his character’s innocence stays intact. It was also great to see Le Bon’s character, Marguerite, takes a shine to Hassan, and, in a way, becomes the voice in his head.
Helen Mirren and Om Puri stole the show in this film! I loved the chemistry these two actors had on-screen throughout the whole film. Their characters were charming and funny, in a curmudgeon sort of way. It was great to watch these two actors at odds with each other, then to see them come together in order to see Hassan succeed in the culinary world.
I rated The Hundred-Foot Journey 4 out of 5! This movie would be great for Date Night, or for movie-goers, like me, who love food, and it also an inspiring and uplifting film, so view and enjoy!
For more information about The Hundred-Foot Journey, go to: http://www.dreamworksstudios.com/films/the-hundred-foot-journey
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