“The Hundred Foot Journey” into our hearts

Allison Senger, Staff Writer

The Hundred Foot Journey, Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, tells the story of Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) and his astonishing taste in food and the art of cooking. Unfortunately, due to a family tragedy, the Kadam family has to flee from their Indonesian home. They travel  to France, where they purchase a rundown building and start an Indian restaurant, called Maison Mumbai. The only problem is that they have opened it one hundred feet away from a very successful restaurant, called Le Saule Pleureur, run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award winner, Helen Mirren). As the rivalry between the two grows, Maison Mumbai is failing and Hassan Kadam must make a very important decision – his passion for cooking or his family?

The Hundred Foot Journey is a very easygoing, family friendly movie. The movie portrays France as a very beautiful place. The picture quality is vivid and authentic. Everything looks like it belongs in France (except the Kadams). It clearly is a culture clash between the two restaurants and I know that I felt anxious throughout the whole movie – it keeps the audience wondering as we see how each would adapt to the other. I could feel that Hassan was head and shoulders better than all of the other cooks – even the ones at famed Le Saule Pleureur. Hassans cooking made every meal seem like an art, not just some lousy breakfast.

As a testament to the writing and acting, I really felt like going and attempting to make a 5 star omelet. Clearly at this point, I’m not able to do that, but, at the time, I really wanted to.

If you appreciate the art of cooking or just thoroughly enjoy good movies, this one is for you.