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The Kadam family clashes with Madame Mallory, proprietress of a celebrated French restaurant, after they open their own nearby eatery, until undeniable chemistry causes the Madame to take gifted young chef Hassan under her wing.
Drama - This is a feel-good drama with some lighter elements based on the
best-selling novel. The target
audience is older adults, but it should have a lot of appeal to
younger ones as well. There are some adult themes, but otherwise
this is safe viewing for most families with children, but their
interest level is another question.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 97 moviegoers:
GREAT REVIEWS! All ages, both males and females, LOVED "THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY." Only about 8% of the males and 2% of the females rated it as low as "Good/Average."
Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a
culinary ingenue 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, Maison
Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur,
a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory
(Academy Award winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it.
Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from
her own escalate into a heated battle between the two establishments
until Hassan's passion for French haute cuisine - and for Madame
Mallory's enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) - combine
with his mysteriously-delicious talent to weave magic between their
two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even
Madame Mallory cannot ignore. Madame Mallory eventually recognizes
her culinary rival's gift as a chef and takes Hassan under her wing.