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The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Review

September 18, 2014

My husband has been promising to go with me to a “chick flick” for a few years now. Somehow, we never seem to get to the movie I want to see when it’s still in the theater.  Mostly it’s because of his work schedule, which is normally messed up. But, he had the weekend off and we had a couple of dollars in our pocket. For a change, we had no parties or other events we had to be at on Saturday.

The stars finally lined up.

The Hundred-Foot Journey is about food and relationships. It follows Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayel) and his family after the family restaurant, owned by Hassan’s mother and father is firebombed. The family decides the climate in India isn’t conducive to their well being, so they relocate, eventually, to France. The patriarch of the family (Om Puri) decides to open an ethnic Indian restaurant called Maison Mumbai right across the street from the traditional, Michelin one-star French restaurant that had been there for 30 years.

Of course a feud begins, with Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) the owner of the restaurant doing what she could to make the family leave. The feud continues until Madame Mallory inadvertently causes a fire in Maison Mumbai.

THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

Hassan begins working in Madame Mallory’s restaurant and learns how to cook classically. Eventually, he moves to Paris and becomes the executive chef of the newest up-and-coming restaurant there.

There is so much in this movie to like — relationship with food, relationship with others, how food both brings people together and pulls them apart.

There are a couple of places where we have to willingly suspend disbelief; at one point, both of Hassan’s hands are severely burned, and yet the recovery time is extremely short and he’s back to work in almost no time. Also, the movie mostly stayed away from fat shaming.  Although, as usually happens, the “fat joke” is overplayed. The only times we see the mayor is when he’s eating.

Even with the running fat joke, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie — and so did Conall, which is a good thing because it’s nice when both people on a date can enjoy the date. 🙂

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  1. October 7, 2014 11:51 am

    Thanks for this review. I was wondering about the movie, and now I’ll give it a shot when it hits DVD/Netflix.

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