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'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

Published:Monday | August 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal, left) and and Madame Mallory in 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'. - Contributed

Genre: Drama

DreamWorks' The Hundred-Foot Journey was filmed in south-west France, directed by Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat), and is an adaptation of the Richard C Morais novel of the same name.

In the film, 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 (Oscar 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.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the script, and the film is produced by the extraordinary team of Oscar winning director Steven Spielberg, media mogul and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, and British-American film, television and web producer Juliet Blake.

The cast also includes Charlotte Le Bon.