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THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

         

For Hicksflicks.com, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

The wonderful Helen Mirren stars in "The Hundred-Foot Journey" (PG), a delightful family-friendly comedy-drama that co-stars Indian star Om Puri.

When their family restaurant in Mumbai is caught in the crossfire of an election dispute it burns down and the matriarch is killed. So Papa (Puri) uproots his family and seeks asylum in Europe.

Crossing the border from Switzerland into Southern France, car trouble strands the family in a small village where they learn that an abandoned restaurant building is for sale. Seeing this as divine providence they buy the building and eventually open an Indian restaurant, where one of the sons (Manish Dayal) proves himself to be an expert chef.

Om Puri, left, Manish Dayal, Helen Mirren, 'The Hundred-Foot Journey'

But even before they open, they are confronted with resistance by the owner-chef of an elegant Michelin-starred French restaurant directly across the street. She tries to sabotage their efforts but eventually sees the talent of the son and an uneasy alliance begins.

Based on Richard C. Morais' popular novel, "The Hundred-Foot Journey" is a charmingly constructed as a sort of fable, with underpinnings relating to tolerance, forgiveness and acceptance.

The performances help but the exquisite cinematography helps the mouth-watering food on display often take center stage.

"The Hundred-Foot Journey is making its DVD and Blu-ray debut this week and is one you shouldn't miss.