The Hundred-Foot Journey
Helen Mirren——————————————Madame Mallory
Charlotte Le Bon————————————-Marguerite
Farzana Dua Elahe———————————–Mahira
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
Screenplay by Steven Knight.
Based on the Novel by Richard C. Morais.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a fine film from director Lasse Halstrom. A family of from India is traveling through Europe looking for a new home to settle in is surprised to find that home when their car breaks down.
They pull the car into town with the help of Marguerite (Le Bon) who also feeds them before they spend their first night at a hotel. The father (Puri) noticeably spots an abandoned restaurant while pulling the car into town. It is at this abandoned restaurant where they first meet Madame Mallory (Mirren) who asks what the family is doing on the property.
The family finds out that Madame Mallory owns the restaurant across the road only one hundred feet away. They beg their father not to buy the restaurant because her restaurant across the road is the most successful within a 50 mile radius. Success is impossible they figure but the father states that the car breaking down was no accident and it is the wish of his late wife that they stay in this town.
They open their restaurant and the rivalry with Madame Mallory begins. The two sides pull some devious tricks on each other and in the process they gain respect for each other.
This is an engaging movie with a complete story that is fun from beginning to end. There are a few excellent moments in this movie where Helen Mirren shows how talented she is. Om Puri is outstanding as the frugal Papa who embarrasses his entire family with every bargaining session. His performance helped drive this movie and an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor is a definite possibility for Om.
Great movie and you owe it to yourself to give this movie a watch.
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Runtime: 122 Minutes
Production Budget: $22,000,000.
Domestic: Not Finished Run Yet.
Worldwide: Not Finished Run Yet.
CC Rating:9 out of 10
Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.
Directors’ Previous Movies: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Cider House Rules, Chocolat.