The Hundred-Foot Journey - Review
Director Lasse Hallstrom’s latest film, The Hundred-Foot Journey is an utterly charming, visually stunning and genuinely heart-warming tale of family, love, ambition and the culinary world.
The film follows the journey of the Kadam family who are led from their native India by tragic circumstance to start afresh overseas with their family-run restaurant business. They end up in the south of France, in an incredibly picturesque French village called Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, where fate indicates that they should open up their restaurant “Maison Mumbai”, despite the close-minded locals, who aren’t keen on the notion of an Indian restaurant in their very French town. Fate also says that they should set up their family business on the site of a deserted restaurant, which happens to be directly opposite a high-class, Michelin star French restaurant, “Le Saule Pleureur” run by the immaculate Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory (The Queen, The Debt).
Yes there are some quirks of fantasy in the plotline and you can expect some healthy family and life values along with delicious-looking food (it is produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg after all) but leave your cynical self at home, ensure your cinema has a very good Indian or French restaurant nearby so you can enjoy a glass of bubbly and you will have a very pleasant and entertaining escapist excursion.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is in cinemas on Thursday 14th August. If you see the film, please share your thoughts below.