Over the past few years, I’ve become quite the foodie. So I was delighted to see a new film from producers Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey that stars…well, food! I was excited to see The Hundred-Foot Journey starring Helen Mirren (The Queen) and wasn’t disappointed.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a charming film (based on the best-selling novel) about the Kadam family, who was forced from their home of India and make their way to a quiet village in France to open their family restaurant. But there is one problem…they are opening it next door to a very respected and celebrated French establishment run by Madame Mallory, played by the always fabulous Helen Mirren. Madame Mallory wants them gone, until she discovers that the young Hassan Kadam has potential to be the next 3-star chef, and she takes him under her wing.
The love of food is what draws all the film’s characters together as a family. The love of food is what helps them to discover, that although they are all different culturally, they are all part of the same human family. And it’s the love of food that brings them home to their family. As Papa Kadam notes when asked by his son where was home, “Home is where your family is.”
Audiences will find this film to be a lovely two hour retreat into the French countryside, a film that doesn’t have any unnecessary sex, violence, or bad language…a rarity these days. But a word of advice before watching this film in the theater: DON’T GO HUNGRY! This film will make you want to run right out and eat at the best French restaurant in town.