Movie Review – When Indian and French Cultures Clash On a Plate

The Hundred Foot Journey really gives you something to think about when it comes to blending cultures.

It is an ordinary story of the clash of two cultures, French and Indian cooking in this case. However, rather than just play along, we see a young Indian chef take an interest in French haute cuisine and experiment with how he could mix one with the other.

The head of the haute gamme traditional French restaurant, played by Helen Mirren, doesn’t simply fall in love with Indian cooking. She, however, grows to appreciate what Indian cuisine can add to classical French cuisine. The family of talented cook Hassan Kadam has a life filled with both culinary delights and profound loss.

Drifting through Europe after fleeing political violence in India that killed the family restaurant business and their mother, the Kadams arrive in France. Once there, a chance auto accident and the kindness of a young woman, Marguerite, in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val, inspire Papa Kadam to set up an Indian restaurant there.

Unfortunately, this puts the Kadams in direct competition with the snobbish Madame Mallory’s acclaimed haute cuisine establishment across the street where Marguerite also works as a sous-chef. The resulting rivalry eventually escalates in intensity until it goes too far. In response, there is a bridging of sides initiated by Hassan, Marguerite and Madame Mallory herself, both professional and personal, that encourages an understanding that will change both sides forever.

The movie is showing at The Hub cinema all weekend long.

Source : The Observer

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