This week, lots of good movies are out ('71, Il Capitale Umano). Among them, is also The Hundred Foot Journey which I saw on a special screening on earlier this week.
Swedish director Lasse Hallström known for Chocolat, brings Helen Mirren to the French countryside, opposite (literally: just 30,5 metres across the street) to an Indian restaurant that opens across her own, awarded with a Michelin star, fancy restaurant.
The family with a son who is a talented chef (Manish Dayal), straggles intergrating with the French culture and bringing their own Indian culture to the mix. The film follows the path of the son, who wishes to differentiate from his family and finally make it as a chef, the fear of the French for the new and unknown and the unexpected romance(s) that sprung out of the multiculti environment!
Based on Richard C. Morais' novel and produced by heavy names of the industry such as Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey, the film's recipy seems to work, as cheesy as it might be. Hellen Mirren and the veteran Omi Puri play significant role to that, and along with the scenery, the spices and the cute young couple, a delicious film is served to the audience! A fun, tasty choice for this week!
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....