The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)
  • Time: 122 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Lasse Hallström
  • Cast: Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon, Rohan Chand, Om Puri, Manish Dayal


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 auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up a Indian restaurant there. 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 in personal intensity until it goes 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 that will change both sides forever.

One comment

  • The title brings to mind the oft-quoted saying, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one foot.” This is one of the better human and life stories I have seen in a long time. Loss, overcoming adversity, and the willingness to start over again and again if need be, are the themes which drive this story.

    Life molds us and shapes us, each in his or her own way, and along come the pitfalls as they will. It is what we do when caught in the thicket, and how how we meet daunting challenges that make the difference between victory and defeat. If you are looking for a movie that will tug at the core of your humanity, and remind you that no matter how much success you are met with, and even if you are living the life of your dreams, without people and love in your life, life is as empty as a full platter can be.

    The acting is superb, the story line is a sweet, emotional lullaby that strikes a chord in the heart of being.

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