My capsule review of “The Hundred-Foot Journey” + trailer, stills, poster

Many will likely boil it down to Indian boy makes good in a sort-of parallel universe version of Slumdog Millionaire. But The Hundred-Foot Journey is so much more.

With the power and money of Steven Spielberg behind it -- along with Oprah Winfrey, who brought him the book, after which he agreed to produce it -- and three-time Oscar nominated director Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Something to Talk About, The Cider House Rules, Chocolat, The Shipping News, An Unfinished Life, Casanova, The Hoax, Dear John, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Safe Haven) at the helm, stunning locations and a kitchenful of cash, this one has all the right ingredients.

From Linus Sandgren's tastily crafty cinematography (they used drones) to the sumptuous score by two-time Oscar winner A.R. Rahman (Original Song and Original Score for Slumdog Millionaire) the film is technically superb. Oscar winner Dame Helen Mirren is a delight, of course, as the French lead along with Charlotte Le Bon, with Indians Om Puri and Manish Dayal carrying the narrative.

On one level The Hundred-Foot Journey is a multicultural exploration of India meeting France, both the countries and their people. On another, it's a foodie's delight as the plot centers around Indian and French cuisine. And on yet another level it's a multigenerational love story between couples both senior (Mirren and Puri) and youth (Dayal and Le Bon). These predictable yet still dramatically compelling storylines combine seamlessly, like golden egg yolk and creamy butter in the perfect Hollandaise sauce, taking what must have been a multilayered novel and, instead of editing it down to a barebones script which a lower budget would have dictated, keeps it lush and complex like a fine French wine.

It's a bit long at slightly over two hours but is demanded by the mini-epic scale of the project, moving from continent to continent over a period of several years. The audience loved it -- and left hungry, looking for the nearest Indian restaurant.

An India/United Arab Emirates/US production in English, French, and Hindi (subtitled). Produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment and Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films, along with DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment, in association with Participant Media and Imagenation Abu Dhabi.

The Hundred-Foot Journey opens domestically at 2023 locations this weekend from Walt Disney' Studios' Touchstone Pictures. It rolls out internationally to over two dozen territories over the next few months.

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The HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY | T R A I L E R

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Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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