Manish Dayal plays Hassan, the chef, who leaves India with his father (Om Puri) and four siblings after political unrest leads to tragedy, including the loss of the family restaurant.
The family ultimately settles in a village in France, opening a restaurant right across the road from a Michelin-starred restaurant run by snooty Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). Madame is not thrilled by what she regards as a tacky eatery opening so close to her elegant restaurant.
Madame, in fact, is quite a snobby witch for rather a long time, but circumstances eventually lead to her recognition of Hassan's talent and a warming of relations, as Hassan joins forces with Madame in an attempt to gain her restaurant a second Michelin star.
Hassan also faces conflict with Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), a young sous chef who initially encourages his interest in learning about French cooking but who later feels stung when his success eclipses hers.
I did agree with Leonard Maltin that this 122-minute movie runs out of steam toward the end. There was a natural stopping point earlier in the film and what came after that seemed disjointed. All in all, however, I found this a very satisfying couple of hours at the movies.
Los Angeles Times, who says the film is the "cinematic equivalent of comfort food."
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY was directed by Lasse Hallstrom. The Steven Knight screenplay was based on a book by Richard C. Morais. It was filmed by Linus Sandgren.
Parental Advisory: This film is rated PG. There are brief moments of disturbing violence. Other than that, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY is about as family-friendly as movies get in 2014.
HAUTE CUISINE (2012).
Additional "new" movies reviewed this year: JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (2014), THE MONUMENTS MEN (2014), THE LEGO MOVIE (2014), THE WIND RISES (2013), NON-STOP (2014), 3 DAYS TO KILL (2014), DRAFT DAY (2014), and MILLION DOLLAR ARM (2014).