A hundred-foot journey begins in that moment when you bravely drop what is familiar and cross over into a new realm that is far out of your comfort zone. It is a profound journey, however small in physical distance, that materially changes the course of your life for the better. – Richard C. Morais
I love a good tear jerker and I love a good comedy. I also love when a book is made into a movie and it's done well. We all know that it's incredibly difficult to translate a novel to screen and have it capture the spirit of the original. You can never make everyone 100% happy, especially when you are working with a novel as popular as this one: the novel has been featured as an “Editor’s Choice” in “The New York Times Book Review” and selected as one of the “Best Summer Reads of 2010” in Oprah Winfrey’s “O, The Oprah Magazine.”
In my opinion, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is one book that doesn't lose it's flavor when translated to the big screen. The Hundred-Foot Journey releases in theaters tomorrow August 8, 2014. I highly recommend you see this movie if you love food and great stories.
Every bite takes you home. Food is memories, and it brings us together at the table. As a child, even on busy weeknights with two working parents and activities for kids, we managed to usually have dinner together. And every Friday night, my grandmother would take us out to dinner as a family. It was a tradition that was upheld until she passed away when I was pregnant with my first child in 2002. There are so many smells that remind me of my childhood and my grandmother: the smell of her cinnamon raisin loaf bread baking; the aroma of home cooked spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce that had simmered on the stove all day before a Sunday dinner; lamb chops with mint sauce. Every bite takes you home is a theme that is carried throughout The Hundred-Foot Journey.
I love both Indian and French cuisines for very different reasons, so for me, this book intrigued me from the start. I can appreciate the rich history and distinct flavors of both styles of cooking and cultures. The imagery in this movie left me ravenous. I sat through the movie almost able to smell the aromas that the on-screen visuals created as the story unfolded. The colors, the imagery, the descriptions…all made me salivate! It's a good thing I was able to take that cooking lesson at Le Cordon Bleu after I saw the movie and was able to enjoy a French-Indian fusion dinner! I'm still craving French-Indian fusion food. If you are interested in great movie-inspired recipes, click here for a variety of them.
Manish Dayal is a star in this movie. Talk about a break out role! If you didn't know him before this movie, you will remember him after seeing it. And he's simply adorable in person. (Check the blog tomorrow for an exclusive interview with Manish on his role as Hassam).
Helen Mirren's performance is just as spectacular as you would expect from her. She plays icy French woman as if she had been one her whole life. All of the cast is excellent, from the smallest roles to the leads, the acting is high caliber all the way.
“One is good. Two is amazing. Three is for the gods.”
I'd give The Hundred-Foot Journey 2 Michelin Stars. (with no alleged lax or bias, of course). It has everything you could ask for in a movie. It's well written, has excellent acting, just the right balance of comedy and drama. I really liked it.
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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY arrives in theaters everywhere on August 8th!
About THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant—the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments—until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.
“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.
Directed by Lasse Hallström, and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is produced by Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Juliet Blake. The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt and Carla Gardini. The screenplay is written by Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.
Disclaimer: I was selected to attend an all-expense paid trip to LA courtesy of Disney to experience these incredible events, along with a group of 24 other bloggers. All opinions, excitement, and smiles are my own.