The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the road from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery.
The Hundred Foot Journey stars with Om Puri as a Chef who has moved out of India and has settled in France to impress the locals with traditional Indian cuisine. His next door neighbor is rival Chef Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) who is determined to bring Om Puri’s restaurant down because she can’t stand an outsider stealing her thunder.
What actually happened was simple, Om Puri’s vehicle breaks down, the family was compelled to seek refuge for the night in a French village where Marguerite, a young sous chef at an esteemed French restaurant, comes to their aid. By and by, Om Puri decides to purchase and resurrect a rundown restaurant in the village and turn it into an Indian eaterie named Maison Mumbai. Wow that that’s so original and funny.
The rivalry between Helen Mirren and Om Puri has its moments with few highs and lots of lows.
The Hundred Foot Journey has a central theme that is food, is gorgeously shot, has drama thrown in for audiences who love contrived melodrama and last but not the least has some feel good moments that leave a sweet and sour taste in your mouth.
The Hundred Foot Journey is all about food, some feel good moments and a message; something that could have been great had the narrative been strong but unfortunately the film falls flat.
All said and done the film belongs to Om Puri who is just superb. With The Hundred Foot Journey one can make out his terrific comic timing as well as his brilliance in emotional scenes.
The Hundred Foot Journey is both, enjoyable as well as predictable. Go and watch it of you have nothing much to do.
Lasse Hallstrom known for his films like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and The Cider House Rules, belts out The Hundred Foot Journey that works in parts...1.5