The Kadam family is in the middle of a major transition. Once owners of a successful restaurant in their hometown of Mumbai, India their livelihood was stolen from them one night when their restaurant burned to the ground with Mama Kadam still inside the building. With Papa (Om Puri) feeling lost and unsure of what to do next, he packed up the entire family and set out for a fresh start in Europe. With his talented chef son Hassan (Manish Dayal), his business savvy son Mansur (Amit Shah), Hassan's sister Mahira (Farzana Dua Elahe), and the youngest two children Mukthar (Dillon Mitra) and Aisha (Aria Pandya); everyone boarded a ship with their few belongings to England. But Papa was not content with England, it held no promise for their traditional Indian style cooking. So Papa loaded up their car car, packed the family inside, and off they set to find the perfect nesting spot.
They had a good life where they made good food in India, and
now it is time to move on.
The Kadam family basically went on a tour of the beautiful European countryside, it was lovely to see and exciting to experience such different cities...but Papa showed no sign of stopping. Until one day, their little car's brakes gave out and the Kadam family car went barrelling down the one-lane unpaved road before skidding to a stop on a hillside. Hassan and Mansur finally had enough! Papa could not keep flying around the country with their family cramped into a tiny beater car! They needed a home, they needed to start over! And just over the crest of the hill that their tired little car has broken down on, lies the small French village of St. Antonin. And it's this little town that ends up being the answer to their family's prayers.
No more roaming for the Kadam family!
Saved by a beautiful young woman named Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), the family finds a hotel to stay in for the night and a man to fix their car in the morning. But the next day, the family doesn't pile into the car and hit the road. Instead, Hassan finds his father poking around a rundown villa with a SALE sign on the front wall and before anyone can change his mind Papa goes and buys the villa with the intention of turning it into their next restaurant. Sure, the Kadams have finally settled down...but is this the right place? French people don't eat Indian food, they have a whole style of cooking all their own! And it's world renowned! But aside from the people of St. Antonin likely having so interest in Indian food, the Kadam's villa happens to sit across the street from the town's only restaurant: Saule Pleureur. And it's not just any restaurant, it's a locally renowned restaurant that proudly boasts its prized Michelin Star status. The Minister of France HIMSELF dines there! Can this Indian family even begin to compete with Saule Pleureur? Well, Papa has decided that it's worth a shot.
The family throws themselves into fixing up their restaurant, cleaning out their courtyard and installing a traditional Tandoori oven...but through all their hustle and bustle they manage to catch the attention of Madame Mallory. Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren) is the proud owner of the Saule Pleureur and has absolutely flawless taste when it comes to French food. She took over the restaurant after her husband passed away and since then it has become her reason for living. And while she wouldn't lower her standards to call the Kadam family competition, she still can't help being as snooty as possible to them. Papa and Hassan try to extend offers of friendship, but the Madame will have none of it. But this rivalry doesn't truly become personal until opening day when the Madame goes into the market and buys all the key ingredients needed in Hassan's dishes! This means war! Papa and Hassan are determined to make Maison Mumbai, their restaurant, succeed! But Hassan is also nervous about this vindictive rivalry that is going on between his father and the Madame. Hassan has an incredible love for cooking, he wants to learn more and progress and grow...and cooking for someone like Madame Mallory will greatly help him do that. But can Hassan spread his wings without also hurting his family?
Is it possible for Hassan to have the best of both worlds?
Beautiful, delicious, and heartwarming - all perfect words to describe The Hundred-Foot Journey. Any movie about food and cooking is always going to get an A+ in my book, but this one gets even more points for its vibrancy! I love the romantic setting in France and the ever-present French cuisine...but then there's that dazzling spark of vivid Indian food and music that amps up the pace of this movie, it's so much fun! And mouth-watering too, I'm seriously craving Indian food even though I've never tried it. The only issue I had with this movie was that I didn't know what era it was taking place it. The village where the story of this movie is told is so quaint and vintage, it reminds me of the movie Chocolat, which takes place in the 60s, but then the transition over to things happening in Paris, France shows smart phones and high tech cooking equipment. That was a little confusing, but overall this movie is a sweet triumph and I highly recommend it for everyone who loves a great feel good movie. And with producers like Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg - I'm dead serious - you know this movie is nothing short of exquisite!
This movie is brilliantly beautiful and I am so happy that I took a
chance on it!