Amuse-bouche

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Film: The Hun­dred-Foot Jour­ney Direc­tor: Lasse Hall­ström Fea­tur­ing: He­len Mir­ren, Om Puri Amuse-bouche – French for “mouth amuser” – could be the sub­ti­tle of this gor­geously deca­dent and de­lec­ta­ble Lasse Hall­ström film. The Hun­dred-Foot Jour­ney is based on Richard C Mo­rais’ novel of the same name and is about an im­mi­grant In­dian fam­ily who, by serendipitous accident, end up break­ing down in a French vil­lage. This is af­ter leav­ing Eng­land be­cause – ac­cord­ing to the cook in the fam­ily, Has­san (Man­ish Dayal) – “the veg­eta­bles have no soul”.

The vil­lage is home to a restau­rant run by the im­pe­ri­ous Madame Mal­lory (He­len Mir­ren). When Has­san’s fam­ily sets up a tra­di­tional In­dian restau­rant next door, the scene is set for a war.

Of­ten sweet, with a sour bite and mo­ments that will bring a salty tear to your eye, this is a per­fectly spiced morsel for any taste. – Gayle

Ed­munds

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