We have recently had one film that concentrated on food “Chef”. Now for dessert we have “The Hundred Foot Journey”.
The story begins in India where the Kadam family, who are lovers of fine food, find themselves homeless after their restaurant is torched during a night of
Leaving India the family first find themselves staying in a house directly under the flight path at Heathrow Airport. Not liking England because “the
vegetables have no soul" the family then make their way across Europe. The only stipulation for setting down roots is that the vegetables must be better
than the ones in England. After tasting many a tomato they end up in a quaint French village and it's here that the head of the family decides to buy a
local restaurant that is up for sale. The only problem with this is that the restaurant is situated 100 feet across the road from the Michelin-starred Le
Saule Pleureur restaurant run by the abrasive Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).
Most of the story concerns the bickering between Madame Mallory and Papa Kadam (Om Puri) as each try and promote their rival restaurants. The one thing
that is common between them is their admiration of the culinary skills of the Kadam's eldest son Hassan (Manish Dayal) and the last third takes up his
journey from local chef to master chef.
“The Hundred Foot Journey” is an easy going gentle story that ultimately goes no where. There are touching moments but in a running time at just over two and a
half hours they are few and far between. Unlike the cooking in the opposing restaurants “The Hundred Foot Journey” is slightly bland and under done.