Written by Olivia Dedham
Production and Background
Tucked away in a picturesque French village comes the 2014 American comedy, directed by Steven Knight. The film shows the story of two battling restaurants one run by an Indian family and the other by an affluent Michelin star holder. Starring Helen Mirren (a personal favorite of mine), Manish Dayal, and Charlotte Le Bon. Produced By Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey this film, in my opinion, is one of the most underrated cinematography of the decade. If you’re not much of a movie goer this film was an adaptation of the “Hundred-Foot Journey” book by Richard C. Morais which is available at Barnes and Noble in paperback and nook book.
The story centers around Hassan, a boy straddling the worlds of Indian and French cuisine. The traditional cooking of his Indian mother, that which he was trained in since childhood. Upon his family’s arrival in a small french village, Hassan is introduced to Marguerite and her traditional french cuisine. Hassan’s talents for cooking reach national acclaim as he takes a job in Paris. His motivation you might ask? While over the course of this film Hassan changes from the son of a cook to a critically acclaimed chef, his deep down desire never changes, he will always believe in the food he cooks.
A “Must See” Film
This movie tells the uncompromising story of a young man, an unforgettable family, and a love story that folds through two very different cultures. It’s a must-see for anyone looking for a good laugh, a little reminder that no matter where you go in life, your culture, your roots, and the people you meet along the way will guide you back home.