Film review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

 
Film review: <i>The Hundred-Foot Journey</i>

The Hundred-Foot Journey
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cert: PG Running time: 124 mins

Two cinematic legends share the screen in this heart-warming culture-clash comedy which has cuisine at its core. Helen Mirren plays a snooty restaurateur whose Michelin-starred establishment caters for the President, but its top-dog status is threatened by the arrival of the Kadam family (Om Puri plays the patriarch), who open an Indian restaurant opposite. Amusingly disgruntled encounters ensue, while elsewhere a love story blossoms.

From the director of Chocolat, the film’s heady close-ups of colourful spices and its lively script to a backdrop of beautiful scenery duly meet expectations. Mirren’s French accent takes a bit of getting used to, though! ★★★

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With a BA in French and History of Art from the University of Bristol, Florence spent a year living in Paris, studying Art History at the Sorbonne and working in publishing. She travels regularly back to France for both work and pleasure. Florence's passion for France revolves around its gastronomy, art and pleasure-seeking lifestyle, and the rebellious streak found only in a nation constantly looking for an excuse to go on strike!

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