If you like food… love stories… stories about family …. then the 100 Foot Journey is a film you won’t want to miss. It’s a remarkable journey of a young man who has a gift for flavors; a gift that comes from his family, his culture, and the people he meets in his life. His passion comes from the teachings of his mother, the tragedy of her death, and his willingness to explore.
The main role of Hassan is played by Manish Dayal and his relationship with his father played by Om Puri is marvelous. The complicated relationship between the generations is fascinating. The children find themselves embarrassed by their father’s behavior, and the father finds himself having to assert himself as the head of the household, when it’s obvious that his children think he has gone a bit off his rocker.
Hassan enchants the local populous into his family restaurant but he wants to learn more and eventually ends up working for “the enemy,” Madame Mallory played brilliantly by Helen Mirren. Charlotte Le Bon plays Marguerite, who works for “Le Saule Pleureur” and helps Hassan learn more about French cuisine as she falls in love with him.
This film is about so much more than cooking though. It’s about traditions and family. It’s about holding onto the important parts of our heritage, while learning to innovate. It’s also about stretching your wings and being able to go out into the world to learn more than you can where you are, but not being afraid to follow your heart, even if that means coming back home.
The Hundred Foot Journey is also about stereotypes and prejudice, and how dangerous both of those things can be in our lives, especially if they get out of control, which they frequently do. It’s also about learning to overcome these deadly social diseases and how to rise above them.
I can’t recommend this film higher. It’s a fabulous journey into family, love, community, and forgiveness. Do yourself a favor and see this marvelous gem of a film. Produced by Spielberg, Winfrey and Juliet Blake; they definitely got this one right!
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