In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
Ends Thursday, September 18
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
Thursday, September 18
Thursday: (4:45) and 7:30
Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom
Starring: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon
Come share the fun on Wednesday, September 17th, as we send this little movie on its way. Between the twilight and evening show we’ll have dinner, music, prizes, and general all round frivolity. - BOMBAY FOOD JUNKIES (a local food truck) will be on hand for your dining delight between 6:00 and 7:30pm. Street musicians will entertain us with lovely French melodies. Local French and Indian restaurants have provided gift certificates for prizes to be awarded before the 7:30 show!
A trip worth taking
There's 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 compositions 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. It unfolds, one incident into the next, in what feels like a methodical pace, until very soon everything about it feels lived in, and realized. Other directors are rushing and rushing and yet their movies go on forever and feel like it. Hallstrom always seems like he's lavishing time on everything, and yet the action keeps moving forward. - Mick LaSalle - The San Francisco Chronicle