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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey (Directed by: Lasse Hallström; Written by: Steven Knight and Richard C. Morais)

The family of talented cook, Hassan Kadam, has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss. Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up an Indian restaurant. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory's acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates with such personal intensity that it ends up going too far. In response, there is a bridging of sides initiated by Hassan, Marguerite and Madame Mallory herself, both professional and personal, that encourages an understanding which will change both sides forever.

Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Le Bon, Amit Shah, Farzana Dua Elahe, Dillon Mitra, Aria Pandya

My thoughts on this film: This is a standard story of a clash between two cultures, French and Indian cooking in this case, but rather than just playing it out as that, we see the young Indian chef take an interest in French haute cuisine and experiment with how he can mix one with the other. The head of the French restaurant, played by Helen Mirren, does not just fall in love with Indian cuisine, but she grows to appreciate what it can add to classical French cuisine.
She also has certain important values that make her a more interesting character. She does not hesitate to try to ruin the opening of the rival Indian restaurant; But when that restaurant is attacked by racists with cries of 'France for the French', she fires the person she believes to have been involved in this and publicly washes away the graffiti sprayed at the entrance to the Indian restaurant.
All the acting is good to first class.
The only thing I would have changed would be the ending. I was a bit lost after Kadam went away... and then came back...
You have to see it for yourselves!

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