Star – Helen Mirren & Om Puri
Genre – Comedy
Run Time – 122 minutes
Certificate – PG13
Country – US/India
Golden Globe – 1 Nomination
Awards – 2 Wins & 2 Nominations
Amazon – £ DVD £ Blue Ray
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So why is 70-year-old Helen Mirren still so bloody sexy to men? Her figure is amazing, of course (although I’m sure scaffolded up under her couture), and she looks great with her make up on. But what we like most about her is she says it as it is. Her thoughts on life are guy’s thoughts on life and a woman we would most like to have a pint with. But her film choices rarely reflect her outspoken lifestyle and another safe one here. I really need to read her autobiography.
The 100 Foot Journey is from director Lasse Hallström and earned Helen Mirren a surprise Golden Globe nomination in 2015. I was amazed at that as her performance is a breeze here in what is a very straightforward and honest movie. As it’s a non subtitled Western film about a wobbly headed South East Asian family Om Puri is in it, the familiar star of films like East is East, who died recently. He was much loved and was called Papa by the cast on this particular movie and he also moved out of the hotel they all stayed in so that he would have a place to cook for them. He is not the best looking guy but has had an amazing career and rare crossover success between Bollywood and Hollywood.
• Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory
• Om Puri as Papa
• Manish Dayal as Hassan
• Rohan Chand as young Hassan
• Charlotte Le Bon as Marguerite
• Amit Shah as Mansur
• Farzana Dua Elahe as Mahira
• Dillon Mitra as Mukthar
• Aria Pandya as Aisha
• Michel Blanc as Mayor
• Shuna Lemoine as Mayor's wife
• Clément Sibony as Jean-Pierre
• Juhi Chawla as Mama
The Kadam family run a rustic restaurant in the Mumbai suburbs. The second-oldest son, Hassan (Manish Dayal), is being trained up to replace his mother (Juhi Chawla) as the main cook. When a mob attacks and firebombs the restaurant over an election dispute mum Kadam is killed as dad (Om Puri) and his family evacuates the guests.
Seeking asylum in Europe from the troubles, the family first settle in London but that doesn’t work out for an Indian restaurant for some reason and they depart for mainland Europe. Shortly after entering France from the ferry, the brakes on Papa's van fail near Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the Pyrénées, luckily running up a run off road to stop the van before tumbling into the valley.
Whilst gathering themselves on the side of the road Papa looks over the beautiful valley and scenic town and realizes fete has bought them here. A pretty girl on a bike stops to help them, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) a sous chef at an upscale French restaurant named "Le Saule Pleureur" ("The Weeping Willow") based down in the valley. She points then to an auto repair shop for the van and a guest house for them to sleep overnight, treating them to French food and treats in her apartment. Papa is amazed at the quality of the food in the village and its availability and discovers that Marguerite made the food herself.
Papa wanders around the idyllic town and discovers an abandoned restaurant building up for sale. It is located directly opposite the Michelin star restaurant ‘Le Saule Pleureur’. Pushy Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the caretaker for the owners, asks the Kadams to leave because it is "private property". This incites Papa to buy the property, even though the rest of his family is not keen, and names the restaurant "Maison Mumbai". The town hasn’t got an upscale Indian restaurant so why not here?
Mallory immediately feels threatened by the competition and ready for war, starting by asking them for a menu and then buying all the ingredients the Indians will need from the towns market on their opening night, resulting in papa and the cook taking a 50 mile round trip to the nearest town to get supplies. The war takes a step for the worse when, on Bastille Day, one of Mallory's chefs, Jean-Pierre (Clément Sibony), and two others, vandalize the Kadams' restaurant by spray-painting words which translate to "France for the French" on the wall and setting fire to the terrace, dragging back terrible memories for the family. The question now is can the two find common ground and cross the 100 steps between the two restaurants as Mallory bids for her second Michelin star and the handsome Hassan, now attracted to Marguerite, can find his dream of being a famous chef in Paris.
A film about cooking, racism and family ends up being a film skillet of all of these things and so the soufflé, alas, doesn’t rise for me. Its way too long at two hours plus around those topics and you soon start shuffling around waiting for it to get going. Every time it tries for meaning and making a point it backs of and goes off on another direction. It’s too sweet and cozy for most of it and so gets boring and the jokes falling flat. Mirren is funny but this is not a stretch for her. The Indian family pile cliché upon cliché in the film and the two dimensional Indians we see in every movie, a tactic to make us whiteys feel comfortable, watching the movie because of that tiresome compromise.
It’s not as good as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and I would try that on first, purely because it is funnier and more intelligent, whereas this is like an episode of a naff sitcom. The director clearly doesn’t want to offend Indian sensibilities and so rolls out those predictable wobbly head characters. Its good-natured and undemanding fun with those cartoon French and Indian characters but I wanted more than that in a movie that boasts a theme and context. The love of food side is brief and the romance also ‘dumbed down’ as the director clearly unsure whether he wants to risk that interracial kiss between an Indian guy and a white French girl. I’m struggling to recall that happening in many other films.
Its $22m budget did a decent $88m back and shows the draw Mirren still has. She is a game girl and will give most things ago. Puri is miserable sod on screen and hard to enjoy and so Charlotte Le Bon as Marguerite an excellent foil of beauty and French fluffiness, Amelie style. The rest of the cast hit their straps as those predictable God fearing goodness gracious me rural Indians. I wasn’t expecting the film to explore themes of female infanticide or Muslim-Sikh rivalry but at least fill out their characters in film. I suspect the book the film is based on is far more superior. Dev Patel has done some good work in Lion but you always feel British Indian actors are restricted by those expected clichés in their performance.
Imdb.com – 7.3/10.0 (57,546votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 68% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 55% critic’s approval
-The recipe and the ingredients of the journey-
Behind the scenes stuff with cast & crew.
Quite a few
Independent –‘The Hundred-Foot Journey is a culinary culture-clash comedy enlivened by fiery performances from Helen Mirren and Om Puri but which, like so many other Lasse Hallström films, slowly turns to gloop the longer it lasts.
Daily Telegraph –‘If The Hundred-Foot Journey ultimately proves no spicier than chicken tikka masala for the soul, that's Chef Lasse for you. At his comforting best - and this is close to it - nobody does it milder’.
The Mail –‘... dishes out a mostly flavorful blend of comedy and drama, with a dash of poignancy, which helps to overcome its blander ingredients.
Parallax View –‘… a film for our culture: a feel-foodie drama of racial tolerance, cross-cultural acceptance, and fusion cuisine.
The List –‘This rather picaresque tale of an Indian family opening a restaurant in rural France never really indulges our senses’.
Epoch Times –‘How wrong can you go shooting in the south of France? Or shooting Helen Mirren? Not with a gun. She can turn 103 and she'll still be alluring, even when she's being haughty’.
Showcase cinemas has to be my favourite cinema to visit . I go to the one in nantgarw near cardiff which is about 18 miles from my home.
They have thirteen screens there and the seats are really comfy.
The foyer is a good size with two cashiers on one side and another two on the other so spreading the queue out instantly they also have some machines where you can purchase your tickets with a credit debit card or even buy your tickets online before you visit especially useful if a film is popular and it could become sold out as you get to the frot of the queue .
This has happened to us twice cue an autistic meltdown from my son no fun for anyone .
I always use the cashier as i take my autistic son and have to use this system to show them his cinema exibitors card which allows me to get in free as his carer as he couldnt cope without me even though he is now 12 years old.
I am always a little worried about a sell out for the reason above but do tend to wait till the film's been out a while and also go extra early.
They have the usual range of hotdogs popcorn and pick and mix available at highly inflated prices which all cinema have we all expect this, but it is a treat after all so enjoy it
I especially like showcase as even though "vue" has just opened last year 5 miles nearer to us the foyer is tiny and you have to end up in a snaking queue that is for tickets and snacks meaning it takes too long for my son to wait, the other thing that makes me favour showcase over vue is that you can sit where ever you want in showcase yeahh as those who know autistic childen might know they dont like being crowded and my son especilly hates someone siting in front of him ,but in vue you can bet after you've picked what you hope are the most unpopular seats some enormous and tall person comes and sits in front of him no problems in showcase you can just move .
They hate you to move in vue though "are you siting in the right seats?" they come around asking you
So to sum up i'd rather drive the extra distance to showcase to have a stress free cinema experience hurray.
Showcase is my favourite cinema. This is a review of the Nottingham one as it's the only one I've been to.
Entering the cinema, you can see everything going on from the main foyer as regards ticket queues, show times, etc. It has quite a big food court that offers a range of things from Ben and Jerry's to nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks, chocolate, pick and mix etc. All the standard stuff really. They also have small screens showing bits from films and music videos.
The prices are standard cinema prices, being quite expensive. One of the best things about it is the 'Showcase Insider' card (google it), where you can sign up for a card and they email you when there's a free film screening. This entitles you to two free tickets to see a preview of a film not out yet (the full film) with no trailers, which is excellent. Unfortunately since the credit crunch the offers have been fewer and further apart, but hey it's worth signing up anyway.
Another thing I like about Showcase is that the seats are more flexible; you can tilt back a bit in them which is just more comfortable. Also, this is really cheesy, but I love the retro advert asking you to turn your phone off, be quiet etc. as it's so neon and well-animated.
My partner and I enjoy going to the cinema just for a quiet night out. Last night we thought we would try the Showcase Cinema in Reading as it was the only one in the local area showing Mirrors at the time that we wanted to go. To start with getting there was a bit of a nightmare on the main roundabout for the cinema there are no signs on which exit to take to get to the cinema this meant that we went round the roundabout with about 100 traffic lights twice. Once we found the entrance the car park had plenty of spaces available and there is an overflow car park if you were to go during peak times. No quere for the ticket which was good but the lady that gave us our tickets didnt bother to tell us which screen it was on or where the screen was situated. We went and purchased drinks and popcorn (very tasty) and then struggled to find the screen we asked a member of staff and we were in formed that it was upstairs. Overall the cinema was not as very clean considering we had just paid £17.50 for two adult tickets. Note to Showcase employee some cleaners. This cinema is in need of a refurb the seats were old and not very comfy. On the plus side the film was very good.
** A Bit of Background**
Showcase Cinemas is owned by National Amusements, a privately held company that supports community activities. Showcase Cinemas develops promotions and events to raise money and awareness for both local and regional organisations.
National Amusements is based in the United States and operates more than 1,354 indoor screens in the United States, United Kingdom and Latin America. It is the parent company of Viacom which includes Paramount Communications, MTV Networks, Nickeldodeon, VH1, Blockbuster Video and many more. As you can see entertainment is what they do best.
Showcase Cinemas feature state of the art Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Stereo SR and Dolby Ex sound systems; custom designed, deep-cushioned rocking recliner seats with cup-holder arm resents, wall to wall screens and seats that elevate you above the row in front so you can get the maximum effect from the screen.
**Show Times & Tickets**
It is very easy to look at show times and book tickets for the Showcase Cinemas. All you need to do is access their website: wwww.showcase.co.uk and find your nearest cinema. In my case it is the one at Bluewater Shopping Centre, which is where my review will be based.
You can book tickets in advance of around 1 week, which is always good if you want to go at a busy time.
The tickets can be booked online, or you can phone them up. I always book online as I find it easy and you can also pick out where you would like to seat on the plan, which is great. Booking online is also great as you can choose whether you want to print out your tickets there and then, or pick them up when you arrive at the cinema. Generally, I print my tickets out as then you know the only queue you will be in, is the one for the obligatory popcorn.
**The Gallery - Bluewater**
If you want to make your trip to the cinema extra special then I suggest trying the exclusive Gallery. The Gallery's luxury lounge offers complimentary snacks, tea and coffee. Gallery auditoriums are furnished with extra comfortable sofas-for-two and luxury chairs. I have only been to the Gallery twice, but I do love it and laying on the sofas (if you so wish!) does make you feel very comfortable. It does cost a bit more than the normal seats, but I definitely recommend trying it at least once.
**Showcase Insider **
Showcase Cinemas offers an exclusive "club" called "Showcase Insider". You can join simply by registering your details, and they will send you a membership card. You should receive emails that allow you to go to preview screenings of some films and also some special discounts on tickets and selected competitions.
I am a member of this and I have been for over 6 months, however I have only had 1 email relating to a preview, but on the other hand it is free to join!
Showcase Cinemas offers something called "Baby Pictures". It is a bi-weekly programme offering new parents a chance to see the latest movies at the theatre in a baby-friendly setting. The programme makes available special conveniences necessary for new parents to enjoy a movie and care for their baby at the same time. This includes baby changing stations, an area for prams, extra lighting and lowered movie volume. It takes place Tuesdays at 10am.
An adult ticket for a normal show time costs £8.00 (plus £0.60p booking fee), child ticket costs £5.50 (plus £0.60p booking fee).
Gallery tickets cost £15.75 (plus £0.60p booking fee).
Sweets, popcorn and drinks are expensive at Showcase Cinemas, but then I find that they are at most cinemas, and if you come prepared its not too much of a shock!
**Bluewater Showcase Cinema**
I have always enjoyed going to the Showcase Cinema at Bluewater, not least because it does feel slightly more luxurious then most cinemas I have been too.
The seats are nice a large, and very comfortable, which is obviously important if you are sat in it for over 2 hours. Even the distance between your seat and the row in front is a decent size, and you don't feel as if everyone is sat on top of you.
I have never had a bad experience at Showcase Cinemas, they have always been very accommodating to me.
All in all there are a couple of cinemas located near me, however I do prefer Showcase as it allows me to have a more enjoyable experience.
Positive side:- comfortable seats, nice cinema.Negative side:- 2 large hotdogs, bucket of popcorn, medium coke £14.65 (a total rip off)No soap in the mens toiletA bit on the loud side.
I'm a regular cinema-goer, and until only a few years ago, my nearest cinema was a Showcase Cinema, which was about a 20 minute drive from where I lived. Over the years I found myself there a lot, although since a new cinema has been built closer to me, I tend to avoid the Showcase.
The Showcase nearest me (Glasgow East) is not easy to get to as it is essentially built on the middle of a motorway. You certainly couldn't walk there due to its location and would have to drive or get public transport, and I'm not even certain that public transport runs into the cinema complex. Admittedly, it is surrounded by a number of fast food outlets and a bowling arcade, so I suppose they make a visit to this place more worth your while. However, I don't drive, and so a visit to it is usually out the question for me even if I did live nearer to it.
There is plenty of parking, though, and it is free of charge, so if you do manage to get yourself here, that aspect will certainly not pose a problem for you.
Like most modern cinemas, it is a large multiplex, so you've generally got plenty of choice. In fact, this is probably the most positive feature of this cinema, as it usually schedules films very well, so you have a good choice of films on show at all times, whereas some other cinemas tend to have films shown in clumps eg. nothing decent on for hours and then all the decent films showing at one time.
However, the staff here are fairly rubbish. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't usually expect a great deal from cinema staff. In my experience, most cinemas employ mainly spotty, young teenagers who are apathetic at best about working, but the people at my local Showcase can often be downright rude. I've been to this cinema on many occassions, but have only ever had a positive experience with staff on a handful of occassions, which is a shame, 'cause I find when the staff here are friendly they're REALLY friendly, but most of the time you feel like you're just inconveniencing them. My friends and I all hate it when we ask for student tickets to see a film and they ask to see your matriculation card. They always seem to say it in an unpleasant manner, instead of just asking politely. I've also been ignored while waiting to buy sweets on more than one occassion, and on my most recent visit watched an overbearing boss shouting at quite a few seperate employees right in the middle of the foyer where customers were present.
The cinema foyer itself, though, is much larger than most other cinemas and even has its own arcade. The food counter is along the middle of the foyer with ticket desks at either end, and I must admit, the choice of food is always impressive. Not only do they have the usual sweets on sale, but they have hot food such as pizza and chips, frozen yoghurt, pick and mix etc. Of course, like most cinemas, the food doesn't come particularly cheap.
Ticket prices are fairly average. A student ticket costs £4, which is the same as VUE cinemas, slightly more expensive than UGC and cheaper than UCI.
Tunnels leading off to the right and the left contain the cinemas. The toilets are also found here, but are beyond the ticket collector, so if you don't have a ticket it seems like you may just have to cross your legs! Electronic boards are on display outside both 'tunnels' with the films being screened in each one, so you know where you're heading. There are also further sweetie booths inside these tunnels, but they are rarely staffed.
The cinemas themselves are fairly average. They are relatively comfortable, but nothing particularly special as far as cinemas go. The same goes for the screens and the sound system. The cinemas are always clean, in my experience, and although I've never experienced any trouble from noisy teenagers or anything in these cinemas, I imagine the problem would be dealt with quickly by the staff if you needed to seek them out.
All in all Showcase Cinemas have a lot of potential, but the staff tend to put me off going there. They generally seem like a rather unpleasant bunch of people who only take pleasure in snarling at customers and shouting at lower ranked employees. Of course, I can only speak for the cinema near me. However, the cinemas are nice enough and there's always plenty of choice with the films, but the location is a bit off-putting, too.
If you are a cinema goer in the Leeds area then there is nowhere better to go and relax infront of the latest releases than Showcase Cinemas just off junction 27 of the M62 (the junction that joints to the M621 which heads into Leeds city centre). I have been to many cinemas in my time (ABC, Warner, Virgin, Odeon, Cineworld) but none come close to a showcase cinema especially not the Leeds one now that it has all stadium seating and the latest screens and dolby surround. There are two new cinema complexs in striking distance of me, I have tried them both (cineworld in the centre of Bradford and the new Odeon on the way to Pudsey) but my number one is still showcase. First of all they are the comfiest. The seats have sprung backs alowing you to rest in the positon you want to rest in not the position the seat was made in and also they have LOADS of leg room. No cramp and pins and needles again if you are fairly tall like me. This showcase also has a huge free car park with plenty of room to accommodate everyone visiting the 14 screens. The prices aren't bad either. At peak times (evenings) a full price ticket is about £5.20 and consessions/off peak times tickets are about £4 with further consessions for OAPs and children under 12. The only thing I don't like about the place but as far as I can remember this applies in other places too the food/drink sold there is very expensive, £1.50 for a regualr coke and about £2.50 for a regular pop corn which isn't actually very big! The service is always very good and they even have a security man who drives round the car park all evening so you feel a little safer that your car will be in one piece when you get back to it. So if you are in the Leeds area and fancy going to the cinema then try Showcase, there will be no substitutes afterwards but go to Saisbury's first and buy you pocorn and pop there (you can get toffee pop ocrn then too, yum!).
A couple of miles down the road from where I live in Earley is the Showcase Cinema near Winnersh Triangle (about 4 miles from Reading). Like most modern cinemas it is a multiplex and has about 9 or 10 screens. It can be found next to the A329 between Reading and Wokingham. Showcase are American owned. It can be reached by bus (A Beeline Service going from Wokingham to Reading stops there) and the number 10 from Reading calls there in the evening. Alternatively, a train ride to Winnersh Triangle involves navigation of some busy roads. There is a Park and Service next door, though this is for those travelling into Reading (it floods too). Most people walk or go there by car. The cinema is an interesting building because it is built on a flood plain next to the River Loddon. When we have a serious amount of rain, the Loddon breaks its banks and the car park floods. Car Parking is extensive and free. A pair of wellies is advisable this time of year. However the cinema going public won't get wet feet whilst watching 102 Dalmatians. The cinema is another 10 feet or so above the car park. If you fancy a drink before or after the show, there is the George Pub on the other side of the River Loddon. This has an extensive menu and selection of drinks. It also floods! Prices are fairly standard for a cinema of this type. An adult seat costs £5.25 and a child seat is £3.75. There are concessions for students. A good day to go is Tuesday when all seats are £3.75. You can book your tickets in advance at the Cinema or on the night - though the queues can be lengthy. Alternatively, you can book over the telephone though you are charged a booking fee of 50p per ticket for the privilege. In terms of facilities, the cinema is pretty much state of the art. It has modern projectors, Dolby sound and rocking chairs with (wait for it) cup holders. It is fully air conditioned with a smoking ban. And of course you can get ripped
off buying their popcorn, cold Pepsi or hotdogs. We take our own sweets and cans bought from ASDA thereby saving a small fortune. Showcase want you to eat their food and put up notices discouraging you from taking your own - but we do it anyway! As a Cinema it is ok. It lacks any charm and you feel that you are there to increase Showcase's profits - even more so if you buy their food. Cinema is yet another industry where we have let foreign companies in and they now rule the roost. There is a Warner Brothers Multiplex Cinema in the Oracle Centre within Reading Town Centre as an alternative - but I have not as yet visited it.