A lot can happen in 100 feet.
Just look at the characters in “The Hundred-Foot Journey.”
Thanks to great acting by Helen Mirren and Om Puri, and very good acting by Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon, food movie fans can see good taste, tension, customs, passion, cultures, relations, recipes, Michelin stars and love.
It’s a pretty busy two hours in France, yes it is, this movie produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.
And yes, there is room for more than one good movie a year with food as a major element, it appears. It doesn’t push “Chef” off the center burner, but it does make its way onto the range.
The 100 feet in the title is the space between the traditional French restaurant owned by Madame Mallory, played by star Mirren, and the new Indian place purchased and opened by the family steered to the town by patriarch Papa, played by Puri. Dayal and Le Bon are his son and her sous chef, and they get involved in their own way. Good things can result from tension.
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There’s a French restaurant across the street from an Indian restaurant. Which do you choose, and what do you order? What’s your favorite role by Helen Mirren, and why? What’s your favorite project from Steven Spielberg or Oprah Winfrey, and why?