Okay so who in their right mind opens up a rival business next to another small business owner creating direct competition? Especially when your life's savings are riding on this venture? Only Walmart, ASDA, Tesco and other evil conglomerates attempt to take down the little man, the little man should not fight amongst each other but that's what The Hundred-Foot Journey is all about. Family cooking versus the snooty French culinary arts as two restaurants go head to head in a fight for survival.
You can sign me up as no doubt both restaurants will learn from each other and then come together for a musical finale of love, romance and family attitude. Plus it has Helen Mirren and she's always a winner for me!
Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. When Hassan and his family, led by Papa (Om Puri), move to a quaint village in the South of France with the grand plan of opening an Indian restaurant in the picturesque countryside, they are undeterred by the fact that only 100 feet opposite stands a Michelin starred classical French eatery.
However upon encountering the icy proprietress, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the Kadam family realise they may have bitten off more than they can chew. Outraged by the new arrivals, Madame Mallory is determined to have their business shut down. As cultures clash and food flies, an all-out war escalates between the two establishments – until, that is, Hassan’s passion and talent for French cuisine begin to enchant Madame Mallory and even she can’t deny this young chef could have what it takes to garner even more acclaim for her beloved restaurant.
This, along with his new-found friendship with her beautiful sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), starts to weave a magic between the two cultures and, despite their different tastes, they discover an unlikely recipe for success that surprises them all.
An uplifting and feel-good cultural feast full of Indian spices, French sophistication and British wit, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is directed by Lasse Halstrom and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg. Based on the International bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais
The Hundred-Foot Journey heads to UK screens in September. Check out the new trailer below.