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The Hundred-Foot Journey: restaurant-themed Helen Mirren film

The trailer for this upcoming film aired during the Tony Awards show:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hund...
Mirren is the proprietess of an haute-cuisine restaurant in rural France, opposing the establishment of an Indian restaurant nearby. Sounds like it will be in a similar spirit to Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

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      1. re: greygarious

        I still get linked to a Wiki page that says, "Did you mean: The Hundred-Foot Journey (film). Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. Please search for The Hundred-Foot Journey (film in Wikipedia to check for alternative titles or spellings." Then, when I click on the name of the film, I get to the right page.

        1. re: wincountrygirl

          "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover"

      1. Wow. What a ground breaking premise. Two families of disparate background are united by forbidden young love.

        Wasn't this also done in Italy involving the Montagues and Capulet? At least a couple of years ago. I don't remember it as a comedy.

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        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

          So, you don't think they should have made West Side Story, either? There are only a handful of basic human stories, as there are only 3 primary colors. Fortunately, the possibilities for mixing and rearranging them are endless. Fables, novels, paintings, patchwork quilts - all outlets for the spirit.

          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            at least in the book there was no "forbidden young love" at all. I didn't think the trailer implied that either-

            1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

              Shakespeare stole the plot, too. Your point?

            2. Sounds like a fun movie. And Chef Floyd Cardoz was a consultant! Friend of our cousins on the UES/NYC.

              1. Link to a trailer. The food, of course, looks fabulous and a pretty good talent line-up:

                https://www.yahoo.com/movies/sometime...

                1. Thanks grey,

                  This movie looks fabulous, can't wait to see it.

                  www.saffron215.blogspot.com

                  1. Ok, saw it this afternoon. Lovely movie but TOTALLY different story line than the book (not a surprise). The food was out of this world beautiful. Scenes were amazing too - they must have been totally engineered, you can't really tell where the thing was filmed. Anyway, see it!

                    1. I haven't seen it, and I'm discouraged after reading A.O. Scott's review in the NY Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/mov... 'the dominant flavor of “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is pure banality.'

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                      1. re: drongo

                        From that review it sounds like it has rather little to do with the (rather fun) book.

                        1. re: drongo

                          I intentionally didn't read the reviews as I went on the first day of public showings. I am not a critic and I don't see very many movies. I, personally, thought the movie was visually very appealing and the food scenes (of which there were many), were fun.

                          Plot, sure, a little pedestrian. And the storyline of the book was almost unrecognizable. But still, a pretty and fun movie well worth the $9 it cost me.

                          1. re: drongo

                            I read that too, drongo, but since my taste in movies and those of the movie critics rarely coincide, I'm going to see it anyway. For a movie like that -- I'm looking to be entertained; I could not care less about the banality of it.

                            1. re: drongo

                              I saw the movie and thought Scott's review was spot on. The movie totally lost me when, contrary to the way Indian food is cooked, old spices were trotted out for an understandably sentimental reason and then used in cooking. It was way too schmaltzy for me.

                              1. re: Hickory

                                Yeah, the old spices thing was odd. You could have accomplished the same nostalgic moment with some other kitchen artifact.