The Hundred-Foot Journey, Lasse Hallstrom, 2014
By Ali Tenenbaum
Lasse Hallstrom has the golden touch when it comes to telling simple, beautiful, quiet stories (“Hachi A Dog’s Tale” is my favorite, see it, bring a handkerchief).This movie is no different.An Indian family loses everything, immigrates to Europe and opens a restaurant next door to an uppity Michelin starred fine dining establishment. Clashes of class, culture, community and family ensue, and predictably one son rises through the ranks of the chef world. Hallstrom treads the line between cheesy and moving and the whole thing could be construed as silly and contrived, but the truth is, it’s a feel-good-foodie-family movie to its core. And it REALLY makes you wanna go to France and eat Indian food.
This was made for grandmas and some kids will enjoy it, some will be bored, but it’s “appropriate” on every level.
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