The family of talented cook, Hassan Kadam, has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss. Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val inspires Papa Kadam to set up a Indian restaurant there. Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory's acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates in personal intensity until it goes too far. In response, there is a bridging of sides initiated by Hassan, Marguerite and Madame Mallory herself, both professional and personal, that encourages an understanding that will change both sides forever. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Om Puri, who plays Papa, was called Papa by the cast. He also moved out of the hotel they all stayed in so that he would have a place to cook for them. See more »
Marguerite collected mushroom called Boletus luridiformis which is fully edible, but she was told by Madame Mallory that it is Boletus satanas which is poisonous. See more »
And my mother was my instructor.
The sea urchins taste of life, don't you think ? Life has its own flavor. Hidden in that shell, raw, beautiful life.
It was an education for all of the senses.
But to cook, you must kill. You make ghosts. You cook to make ghosts. Spirits that live on in every ingredient.
But mostly, I was taught.
How to taste.
Can you taste them?
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I can't imagine a reason not to enjoy this beautifully told story
My having spent time in both India (including Mumbai) and in villages in the south of France, I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting them in this charming movie. Despite cultural differences, at heart we are all the same.
The stunning cinematography is a beautiful backdrop for the unfolding of this more or less straightforward, "simple" story. I was captivated from the moment the movie started right through the closing credits.
The premise, the script, the acting, the setting, the cinematography, the music,. . . . I found the entire package a treat! Not to say that there aren't scenes of great pathos, but it is a pleasure to leave a theatre with the feeling of having been entertained in an uplifting way.
It might just be that the target audience is those of us who are known as being of "a certain age", but anybody who appreciates the finer things in life will probably enjoy The Hundred-Foot Journey.
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