The Hundred-Foot Journey
Drama | English, Hindi, French with English subtitles | 122 minutes
Abbu Kadam and his family flee unstable Mumbai and receive asylum in France. While driving their van around the French countryside, Abbu discovers a run-down restaurant that’s for sale. With the help of his family, Abbu refurbishes it, buys the necessary ingredients to cook his Indian specialties, and calls it the Maison Mumbai. However, he runs into conflict from Madame Mallory, who operates a French restaurant across the road. When one of Madame Mallory’s chefs sprays paint on the Maison Mumbai wall saying, “France for the French,” Madame Mallory is outraged. She quickly removes the words and fires the chef. She also has more compassion for Abbu. Madame Mallory offers to hire one of Abbu’s sons, Hassan, and teach him the fine art of French cooking. When Hassan creates a fusion of Indian cuisine with French cuisine, Madame Mallory is impressed. She sends him to her flagship restaurant in Paris, certain with Hassan cooking, the restaurant will earn another Michelin star. Although widely acclaimed, and a huge success, Hassam heads back to his family and Maison Mumbai.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 68%
- Metacritic Score: 55
- Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Helen Mirren)
- Norwegian International Film Festival: Winner, Best Director (Lasse Hallström)
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There is nothing corny about THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, nothing quaint or false. It could have been all those things, given the slightest wrong push, but this is a Lasse Hallstrom film and he doesn’t push. At his best – and he’s at his best here – he just tends the garden with meticulous composition and unforced performances and lets things blossom. The result is that this is one of those rare movies that gets better as it goes along.
Is ‘feel-good’ a bad word? Critics often think so. But when a movie explores real emotions en route to its gladdening end, when it takes time to touch on serious issues along the way, it earns the right to make us feel good.
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