Title: The Hundred-Foot Journey Director: Lasse Hallström Year: 2014 Run time: 2hrs 2m
“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.”
1:30 - Foreign markets are so much more colourful than UK ones. Ours are just batteries and mobile phone covers. 3:58 - Greaseproof paper. Love it. 7:04 - How could you live with planes that close over your head? 13:54 - Just some cold things from the larder. Food as a way of life is such an inspiration. 16:46 - “Brakes break for a reason.” 18:59 - Renault garage. 25:37 - Not a chef, just a cook. If you’re making good food, what’s the difference? 27:59 - Having such a big family means you have a lot of helpers for renovations. 30:50 - Love the father. “Welcome to our humble abode and thank you for barging in.” 35:50 - So mean. 40:11 - She’s supposed to be enticing people in, not breaking their legs! 45:20 - Slo-mo egg whisking. They’ll slo-mo anything these days. 53:28 - Chopping rage.. 1:01:58 - “You’re a chef, I do not pay you to burn things.” 1:10:12 - Spoon it in! 1:18:10 - Not much sleeping in this film. 1:25:44 - Bath bubblegum? 1:28:49 - Surely it’s Bibendum that gives out the stars! 1:36:23 - Paris! I think you’re allowed to go to Paris if you’re already in France.
This is a middle-of-the-road, good-natured nice film, reminiscent of the Marigold Hotel but not quite as good. It had similar themes running through it - underestimating various characters, businesses not doing well and then being turned around, the rivalry of characters old and new.
It was fun to watch and an enjoyable couple of hours but overall not that memorable, and not one that I’d go out of my way to recommend. It’s odd, too, that Helen Mirren attempts a French accent when there were plenty of native actors in the film.