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The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Review + Delicious Recipes #100FootJourney

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. I received a copy of the movie to facilitate this review. As always, all opinions are authentic and 100% my own. This post contains Affliate links*


When The Hundred-Foot Journey movie was announced I couldn't wait till it was released for the press preview and in theaters, I tried to go see it but it never worked out and I was very disappointed. I have always had a fascination with southern France and as a home cook and foodie I love seeing movies about food and family. Oh and it is directed by Steven Speilberg and Oprah Winfrey and stars Helen Mirren, based on the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais. So, when I had the chance to review a Blu-ray + Digital HD copy I was ecstatic.
THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY
Starring Academy Award ®-Winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”)
On Digital HD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand, December 2, 2014

From producers Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey and director Lasse Hallström (“Chocolat,” “The Cider House Rules”) comes the deliciously entertaining story of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” available to own on December 2, 2014. Based on the beloved, best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais and starring Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen,” “Monsters University,” “The Debt”), this flavorful tale of cultural differences, shared passions, and the unifying nature of food is the perfect gift for movie fans of all ages this holiday season! The movie is available for purchase on Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand.

Synopsis from the studio:

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 (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 – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory's culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan's gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

Bonus Features: Digital HD & Blu-ray Combo Pack

The Hundred-Foot Journey With Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey - Producers Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey sit down to discuss “The Hundred-Foot Journey.” What was it about the project that brought them together for their first collaboration in 30 years since “The Color Purple.” This piece is complimented with photography from the sets to give it an even more personal feel.

The Recipe, The Ingredients, The Journey - Enter the enchanting world of the film on set with director Lasse Hallström, producer Juliet Blake, author Richard Morais, cast, crew, chefs and composer A.R. Rahman. “The Hundred-Foot Journey” comes to life from the pages of the book, to stunning locations in the South of France, with a beautifully crafted story (and mouth-watering food) that will make you hungry for home and the spice of life. This is the bonus feature on the DVD.

On Set With Oprah Winfrey­ - Production designer David Gropman gives Oprah Winfrey a tour of the Maison Mumbai and the “Hundred-Foot Journey” to the Le Saule Pleureur.

Coconut Chicken – Learn how to make coconut chicken in this demonstration of a beautiful, Indian inspired dish with Chef Anil Sharma

Clips to wet your appetite:

The Hundred-Foot Journey - Oprah On Set



The Hundred-Foot Journey - Helen Mirren


“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

My Thoughts:

Set in the the bucolic countryside of southern France The Hundred-Foot Journey is a feast for the eyes and heart. The 122 minutes running time will fly by!

I was mesmerized watching the two very different cultures collide over their cuisines and prejudices and then how they struggled with each other to overcome their differences.
We were cheering as the Kadam family finally settled down to open their Indian restaurant in France after overcoming so many obstacles along the way. There was an audible "oh no" as Papa (Om Puri) chose to open his Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai complete with bright lights and loud music right across the street and only 100 feet away from a well established sedate French restaurant owned by an snobby restaurateur played by Academy Award-Winner Helen Mirren.

I found myself drooling over the food which takes on it's own persona in this film.You get to follow the whole process of fresh foods carefully chosen in the village market to kitchen prep and then on to stunning dishes. I learned a lot about French and Indian cooking during the movie and also in the Bonus Features. Thankfully we watched it right before dinner because we all came away wanting to eat a really good meal with lots of fresh ingredients. It's that good.

I was absolutely tossed around emotionally watching the cultures and families collide. We learn about each of the cultures and families and how very different they are but how very much alike they are too. I was really moved by the loving father played brilliantly by Om Puri when he is put in a situation where he must let his gastronomically gifted son, Hassan grow away from the family. The pride he has in his son is heartwarming.

This would make a great gift and a perfect movie for date night. You might want to include plenty of snacks because it will make you hungry. The rating is PG in the US.

The Hundred-Foot Journey  is in my opinion a must see for those who enjoy timeless family friendly films. It is by far one of my favorite movies of 2014.


Now, as promised - fantastic dishes inspired from the hit film, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY that you can make at home!

Recipes include “Herbs de Provence-Crusted Turkey” and “Kheewa: Indian Ground Beef with Peas.” Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time to start cooking!


About Deb (Focused on the Magic)

Deb is a wife, mom to 2 fine young men (one with Learning DisABILITIES), a rescued mom to furbaby Einstein, creative, green gardener, savvy shopper, sassy lover of travel, movies, coffee, food, laughter, life and always planning her next magical photographic adventure.


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