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