Our Swedish marvelous film director, Lasse Hallström, has done it again: a movie that makes us feel good.
He is the man behind movies like: My Life As a Dog, Once Around, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Shipping News, Casanova, The Hoax, Hachi: A Dog’s Tale and now The Hundred-Foot Journey.
Yesterday I was watching this wonderful and heart warming movie -The Hundred-Foot Journey – with Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory that owns 1* Michelin Restaurant, Om Puri as Papa that opens an Indian restaurant opposite the road and Manish Dayal as Hassan, his son and a very talent chef.
The movie is based on the novel with the same name written Richard C. Morais and was published in 2011 – the movie is produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Juliet Blake for DreamWorks Pictures.
The Kadam family has run a restaurant in Mumbai for several years, but when the mother was killed in a mob attacks and firebombs the restaurant over an election dispute, Papa decided to go to Europe. Shortly after crossing the border between Switzerland and France, the brakes on Papa’s van fail near the village Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val.
A young woman by name Marguerite passes and offer them help. Marguerite are also working a sous chef at Madame Mallory’s prestige and upscale restaurant “Le Saule Pleureur”.
Papa finds an old farmhouse restaurant, that been closed for year – just across from the “Le Saule Pleureur” and of course the war is on. And caught in the crossfire is the village mayor.
Helen Mirren – Madame Mallory
Om Puri – Papa
Manish Dayal – Hassan
Charlotte Le Bon – Marguerite
Amit Shah -Mansur
Farzana Dua Elahe – Mahira
Dillon Mitra – Mukthar
Aria Pandya – Aisha
Michel Blanc – Mayor
Shuna Lemoine – Mayor’s wife
Such a delight movie that will please all the senses with a backdrop of Southern France thrown in for eye candy. Mirren is at her best showing her playing a French woman with impeccable taste, in this funny but moving romance of haute-cuisine.
The movie make you want to eat on both side of the road and it has humor that just comes out naturally, but it also shows a lot of emotions – plus it has a wonderful and very important message.
Very enjoyable movie which Lasse Hallström is a master on. He made the tomatoes and the mushrooms look fantastic too. True joy and pleasure here is from spending two hours looking the gorgeous French countryside and all that comes with that.
And of course there is pinches of love in the pots too.
Helen Mirren is nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical in this roll.
A. R. Rahman stands for the soundtrack – a lovely mixture of France and India.
A film that creates warm feeling, but there is those that calls it boring and cliché – even pointless, but I’m not one of them.
“Almost anything is edible with a dab of French mustard on it.”
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