Well, I have to say, Disney has hit it out of the ballpark this summer with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Maleficent and now The Hundred Foot Journey.
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, Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin-starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award® winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it.
Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate into a heated battle between the two establishments until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine – and for Madame 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 Madame Mallory cannot ignore. Madame Mallory eventually recognizes her culinary rival’s gift as a chef and takes Hassan under her wing.The movie is amusing, funny, romantic and so much more. Such a great summer date night movie. I loved how the characters all seemed so tight knit, the story line moved at a good pace, although I recommend a good meal before you sit down to watch this movie, all the food looks amazing.
Here are some fun facts about the film:
- “The Hundred-Foot Journey” marks the first time Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey have worked together since “The Color Purple” in 1985.
- Helen Mirren actually considered moving to France to become a French actress at one point in her life.
- The film was shot on location in the south of France, so as to best utilize the breathtaking scenery and architecture of the country’s Midi-Pyrénées region. The village Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val was the on-screen home to Le Saule Pleurer and the Maison Mumbai, and several homes in the neighboring town of Carlus were used to film exteriors of the two restaurants.
- When Hassan makes the omelet for Madame Mallory in the film, it was based on a recipe Manish Dayal’s father used to make for him when he was a child.
- “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is the first book Juliet Blake ever optioned. It was also Richard C. Morais’ first novel.
- Every weekend during production, Om Puri invited his on-screen family to his home where he would cook traditional Indian dishes for them, which brought everyone closer and made their bond on screen more natural and believable.
- Charlotte Le Bon’s first big industry break was as a weather girl/stand-up comedienne on Canal +’s popular daytime show, “Le Grand Journal.”
- Helen Mirren and Om Puri have both been honored by the Queen of England, HRH Queen Elizabeth II. Mirren became a Dame of the British Empire in 2003 and Puri was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2005.
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