Since this movie was released back in 2014, I feel confident that I can safely review it without spoiling it for anyone. Starring the fabulous Helen Mirren and produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey you just know that this movie is going to be good, and it doesn’t disappoint. It is billed as a comedy and drama, and this I couldn’t agree more. It makes you laugh, think, occasionally cry and root for every character.
The movie tells the story of a displaced Indian family that finds itself relocating to France. It’s attention to the customs and traditions of India is apparent throughout the film. Everything from the style of dress, mannerisms and most important the food that is prepared has an air of authenticity that adds to the movie’s appeal. The same is also true for Helen Mirren’s French character, along with the French bistro she owns directly across the street.
It is the story of the two competing restaurants, one Indian and the other French that gives this movie its name. The two cultures are only separated by a narrow village street, roughly 100 yards, but it seems like thousands of miles. It is an apt representation of our culture today, everyone afraid of anyone that might be different. I think that is also the main message of the movie that love can overcome any obstacle.
You see this is not only a movie about different cultures and food, but it is also a touching love story. It deals with young love and passion, and we also get to watch to older people set in their ways discover that they might not be so different after all. I also like to think that it is a film about hope and acceptance.
While it does star Helen Mirren the rest of the cast is still relatively unknown, and I think that this is perfect for this film. You should be paying attention to the dialogue and the interaction between the various characters and not their “star power”.
This movie might be lacking the sex and violence that seems to draw crowds to the theaters, but trust me when I say that you won’t miss it. There is still plenty of action with fire bombs, car accidents, and even vandalism so you shouldn’t get bored. The laughs will also help keep you interested if the well-written plot doesn’t.
If you are looking for a movie that is different from the rest, I highly recommend that you give the “100 Foot Journey” a try. Who knows you might realize that just because someone is different from you, it doesn’t have to mean that you can’t be friends. You might even have a few laughs and fall in love.
If you want to leave your remarks on this movie I look forward to reading them.