hearty spices and almost a girlfriend

100 foot - twitter comOur 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.Lasse-Hallstrom - filmtrophy com

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.100 foot - incomom com

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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24 thoughts on “hearty spices and almost a girlfriend

    • It’s truly an enjoyable movie …. with loads of humor and feel good. Helen Mirren, brilliant actor what ever she does. I know you will enjoy it.

    • Maja, me too ….. I also saw another very good movie “The Judge” – it had me in tears …. Robert Downey Jr. & Robert Duvall, very powerful and emotional movie – the best I seen for a long time. Recommend it.

  1. 🙂 Oh, I’ve heard about that one before and it sounds like fun. We need to get a new dvd and then there are a couple of things I want to see…
    Have a good evening xoxoxo 🙂

    • Good Evening to you too. There hasn’t been that many good films around lately. But this weekend I have caught up with some really good ones. More reviews to come.
      Plus a fantastic TV-series: The Fall – filmed in Belfast.

  2. Thanks, I loooove seeing Helen Mirren, so I’ll keep my eyes open for this one! Sounds like the perfect film theme for a chef, I guess you notice lots of kitchen/cooking related details in films like this! 😉

    • You will love the movie – it’s out on DVD and watch on line, since a couple of months back.
      To be honest I didn’t look that much on the cooking bits.
      I enjoyed when he used his mothers spice suitcase. Such lovely and hearty film. Helen Mirren is just excellent in everything she does. Enjoy!!!

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