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KillgoreTrout On January - 18 - 2015

Due to some ambiguous circumstances, I got to spend a few days with my older brother who lives outside the United States. He lives and works in Oman, one of three Arab Sultanates in the entire world. Suffice it to say, our schedules and opportunities to spend any time together are somewhat felicitous.

During this short time together, my brother introduced to me and our mother, a genuinely wonderful film entitled, “The 100 foot Journey.”

First let me say, the film was beautifully photographed, with special attention to the food. The individual ingredients, the vegetables, the meat, the sauces and such were all wonderfully vivid, as almost to make one’s mouth water. The countrysides, the village and the skies, replete with amazing sunrises and sunsets illuminating the most tender scenes, were masterfully filmed with the highest quality there must be.

The film is a truly great mixture of drama, resistance to the forces of politics, the adroit combination comedy, and love story, in a culinary battle for the utmost Michilin Star rating for an established French fine dining enterprise that is a mere 100 feet apart from a brand new (to the village) Indian restaraunt.

The characters are strong, funny and above all else, adaptable to a changing world. The real personal journey begins when a master “cook” is found to be, by the “opposition,” culinary expert, to be a master chef. His true journey begins when the utterly matronly and severe owner of the long established French restareuant, hires him, and her life long dream of achieving a 2 star Michilin rating is realized. The two dining establishments are a mere 100 feet apart. Across a narrow village street. The real journey is the nascent chef’s intro duction to a much larger world, because of his amazing skills as a chef. He goes to Paris and cooks for the best of the best, and soon finds what truly lies in his own heart.

This is not a genuinely foreign film, it’s produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, but everything about it has the charm and allure of a foreign film. It was released too early for our Oscar nominations, but if it were up to me, it would be a sure winner for more than one of those little gold plated guys named Oscar!

Written by KillgoreTrout

Once a wander, working vagabond, fellow traveler on this 3rd stone from the sun. Hurtling through space and time. Lover of books (especially the classics), all kinds of books from novels, poetry, essay collections, fiction and nonfiction and a big Kurt Vonnegut fan. I am a secular humanist and technically an atheist.....Taoist.

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  1. Kalima says:

    Sounds just like my cup of tea, although when it’s coming over here in DVD is anybody’s guess as I don’t go out to watch films anymore.

    I watched the trailer on youtube and it reminded me of these two film. Thanks for the review, KT.

    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Trailer Official [HD] (Very British)

    Chocolat Trailer (2000)


    A quick look.

    The Hundred-Foot Journey Official UK Trailer #1 (2014) -- Helen Mirren Movie HD

    You can watch it online but I prefer a bigger screen.

    The Hundred-Foot Journey FULL MOVIE

    • My pleasure Kalima. I just know you will really enjoy this film. There is such a basic humanistic feel about it, without a hint of over sentimentality.

      I loved everything about this film.

      Oh, thank you for the trailer of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! It looks very worth seeing.

  2. MurphTheSurf3 says:

    This is the review that got me to the film:
    Helen Mirren looks delicious. So does the food. What more do you want in summer movie escapism?…….Mirren and Puri, two pros who know how to lift an audience over plot hurdles and turn a merely digestable diversion into a treat. Linus Sandgren’s camera caresses the cuisine like an ecstatic lover. It brought out the foodie in me. (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone)

    SO I went….and it was much more than promised.

    Madame hates the new comers and tries to sabotage them at every turn. The fun here is that the Indian Papa gives as good as he gets. He’s every bit as stubborn as Madame, which, of course, means that somewhere down the line they will become close. This is the kind of movie in which characters are instantly pegged. Mirren’s Madame, for example, does not crack a smile once for the first hour of the film. This is a dead giveaway that she will be smiling a lot in the second hour.

    The film barely touches on the ugly strain of racism in certain sectors of French society, but not enough to turn feel-good into feel-bad. Given the events of the last two weeks I expect that when I view this film again it will be through an adjusted filter.

    Thanks for the review. We should do more of this.

    • Murph, when I watched this film, I put any pessimism aside. I wanted to be entertained and touched by this movie, and was not disappointed in any way.

      I think there was just a perfect amount of racism and nationalism contained in this film when the Indian establishment was fire bombed and the nationalistic slurs where tagged on the front wall. Like the old basket of spices that were so essential to forming this young chef’s love of cooking. From a story telling point of view, those ingredients and their amounts made for a perfect omelette.

      That act went a long way to helping Madame see the more human side of the Indian young man’s father. Predictability (which I wasn’t even looking for) didn’t ruin any of it for me. I think that was a good previewing strategy on my part.

      The film was not meant to be a documentary.

  3. Nirek says:

    KT, you made me think that I should be on the lookout for this movie. Sounds like something my wife and I could enjoy together. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I never even heard about it before now.

  4. GirlOutWest says:

    I loved this movie! The acting was wonderful, the food beautiful and the story engaging. I love movies about common people succeeding in life. The love stories of younger and older couples was touching. Highly recommend this movie

    • Thanks for commenting GirlOutWest! I thought the actor who played the father, Om Puri, was really good. Of course Helen Mirren is good in everything she does, in my opinion.

      I will definitely watch this film again.

  5. coveark says:

    I cannot agree more. I saw it with my daughter this summer and just loved it. I would go on but you said it all so well. Thanks for posting this.:-)and yes…would be a good choice for Oscar consideration.

    • My pleasure coveark! I thought the film was a nice little escape from the harsher realities of many films made in the last few years. This film does blend some harsh events with the sweetness of romance, self discovery and achievement.

      It ends up being the perfect omelette! 😉

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