The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014) – Should I Watch It?
Intro to… The Hundred-Foot Journey
I watched this movie two days ago. I’m still hungry.
After suffering a great tragedy that left them motherless, an Indian family travels through Europe to find a place of their own. They do so when their car breaks down near the idyllic town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, in France.
It is here that they buy a house that will function as both their house and restaurant. There is only one catch; it is across a restaurant that proudly boasts its one Michelin star status. A bitter rivalry breaks out.
Should I Watch It?
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a movie for food lovers, especially those that enjoy the Indian and French cuisine, like myself. It is a heart-warming tale of an Indian family that fights hard for acceptance in a proud and secluded French village.
The movie starts of a bit like Slumdog Millionaire, but rather than telling his life story in order to win a game show, Hassan (Manish Dayal), the main character, tells his life story to gain access to the port of Rotterdam, and in extension the rest of Europe. But out of the blue the Dutchmen gets bored with his story and grants him permission to enter the country. Goodbye gimmick. Hello next chapter of our story.
There are many themes running throughout the narrative. Upon arrival the family is trying hard to get accepted by the local community. This feels especially poignant in our current times, where hundreds of thousands of Syrian families are forced to undergo similar challenges. Acceptance does not come easy, especially in small sheltered communities.
The movie is also about love, success, family, and, of course, food. Not every topic gets an even amount of attention, but they get just enough to feel fleshed out, and they all matter to the overall story.
The film did drag on a bit at the end. It is over two hours long and I feel it would have been to its benefit if it were just a little bit shorter. But overall I really enjoyed it. The story focuses mostly on Hassan, but everyone in his family is likeable. Especially Om Puri, who plays the family’s father, and is clearly in charge of it.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a joy to watch. It is colourful, upbeat, and leaves you behind with warm and happy feeling. In that regard it is very similar to Chef, another movie about food and family. Speaking about it, the food looks tantalisingly delicious, and will leave you urging for Indian for days to come. Go watch it! It’s worth the cravings.
Yes, watch it.
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