We were invited and attended a VIP screening of DreamWork’s newest film “The Hundred-Foot Journey” in Atlanta on Wednesday night, directed by Academy Award®-nominee Lasse Hallström (who also directed “Chocolat”), and is the second much-anticipated film produced by Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, Academy Award-nominee Oprah Winfrey since “The Color Purple,” and Juliet Blake. Based on the first novel The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morai. It will be released in theaters on Friday, August 8, 2041. 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 when fate or actually the loss of their car brakes land them in this charming place that’s 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 turns 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 in her film debut)—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. At first Madame Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
What was so wonderful about seeing this film at our VIP screening in Atlanta is that our VIP audience was mostly of Indian decent. This made it extra special since they really understood, of course, the Indian language used in the film (because they laughed when us American’s didn’t understand what “Papa” spoke in his native tongue) and they also seem to appreciated the Indian food presented on screen. It was a wonderful cultural experience from Atlanta to India to the countryside of France to Paris and back.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” will be another one of my favorite films added to my foodie film collection. Also, “Chef” recently made the list. It’s a wonderfully creative with a fabulous cinematic food presentation whose film was written, directed and stars lead actor Jon Favreau. It’s another must see. It’s an independent film so it’s in limited theaters but it’s still playing at Tara Cinemas in Atlanta. Check for locations in your area.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” will be released in theaters on Friday, August 8, 2014. For more information and to watch the movie trailer, visit: 100footjourneymovie.com.
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