The Hundred-Foot Journey ★★★

D: Lasse Hallström
Dreamworks/Reliance/Image Nation/Participant Media/Amblin/Harpo (Juliet Blake, Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey)
US 2014
122 mins


W: Steven Knight [based on the novel by Richard C. Morais]
DP: Linus Sandgren
Ed: Andrew Mondshein
Mus: A.R. Rahman

Helen Mirren (Madame Mallory), Om Puri (Papa Kadam), Manish Dayal (Hassan Kadam), Charlotte LeBon (Marguerite)

This whimsical feel-good comedy blends Indian and French culture for a truly unique flavour.
Seeking refuge in Europe after political upheaval in their home country, the Kadam family settle in a small French village where they plan to open a restaurant opposite a Michelin-star bistro run by the belligerent Madame Mallory. After a brief Cold War between the two restaurants, a friendship forms between the family and Madame Mallory, who sees promise in Hassan, the young Indian chef of the family, and offers him a job at her restaurant, where he brings a new style of flavours which win over even more food critics.
The pacing of the film does take a while to gather speed, but is helped by a blossoming relationship between Hassan and Marguerite, a young French sous chef at Madame Mallory's. 
Helen Mirren is excellent in the role, while the rest of the cast do a good job. The photography, particularly on the food, may feeling a little famished when the end credits roll.