Run time: 117mins

Director: Lasse Hallström

Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal, Charlotte Lebon

Synopsis: Top class chef Madame Mallory has worked extremely hard to achieve her Michelin star for her acclaimed restaurant in Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. When Papa Kadam and his family move from India and open a restaurant on the other side of the street, Madame Mallory does everything in her power to get them to leave. But as she gets to know the family she discovers that the eldest son Hassan has a very special talent in the kitchen. Can the two very different chefs put aside their differences for the sake of serving fine cuisine?


In prolific director Lasse Hallström’s (The Shipping News (2001), Chocolat (2000), The Cider House Rules (1999) feel good film you will probably want to eat on both sides of the street in this stunning Tarn-et-Garonne town.

In Mumbai the Kadam family had owned a restaurant but – during rioting on an election night – it was burned down, killing their mother who was the chef. Papa (Om Puri) is driving through France when their van packs up in the hills above a small town.  Rescued by Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), they soon find culinary opportunities and an abandoned restaurant.  While Papa is exploring with his son, Hassan (Manish Dayal) they are challenged as trespassers by the glacial Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren).

Soon a war of attrition commences until Madame Mallory recognises Hassan’s talents as a chef and the culture clash diffuses.    An entertaining Hollywood-Bollywood fusion with a flawless acting ensemble, The Hundred-Foot Journey has a beautiful score from the master, A.R Rahman.   Another delicious food film not to be seen on an empty stomach.

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