Dame Helen Mirren is cool as a cucumber as a fancy French restaurant owner named Madame Mallory in "The Hundred-Foot Journey." Her Michelin-approved restaurant and her uptight life get a shake-up when an Indian family moves into the neighborhood and starts their own restaurant... a hundred feet away.
The patriarch of the Kadam family, played by Om Puri, is certainly game for a grand battle between Madame Mallory's Le Saule Pleureur; he can dish it out as well as he can take it. His son Hassan (Manish Dayal) is a chef in the great family tradition, but his interest in combining the two cuisines is piqued by his new neighbors. Oh, and Madame Mallory's delicious sous chef Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon). It looks quite charmant, n'est ce pas?
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" has quite a filmmaking team behind it. Lasse Hallström, who is no stranger to sexy food onscreen a la "Chocolat," is directing, and Steven Knight ("Locke," "Eastern Promises") adapted the script from the best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais. If that wasn't enough to whet your whistle, Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are producers. Oprah! What more do you want?
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" hits theaters on August 8, which is generally a darn good time for releasing big films targeted to a female audience. Previous late-summer offerings include "Eat Pray Love," "Julie & Julia," "Mamma Mia!," and "Hope Springs." Coincidentally, all but one of those star Meryl Streep, although we're happy to see Mirren back in action.
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" opens on August 8.
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