Another Culinary Journey for Dame Helen Mirren


In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Dame Helen Mirren plays the snooty proprietress of a Michelin-starred restaurant in a quaint French village.

The imperious widow’s calculable world is turned upside when an Indian family moves in across the street and opens a pungent and boisterous restaurant. Outraged, she tries to get them shut down for creating too much noise, without success. Gradually, though, Madame Mallory softens when she discovers that the son (Manish Dayal) is a very talented aspiring chef, and she agrees to train him in her kitchen for several months. Slowly but surely, she makes friends with the widower patriarch (Om Puri), who also holds his own parochial views, and the two discover they have more in common with than they imagined.

The lighthearted comedy is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (“The Cider House Rules,” “Dear John”) and is based on the bestselling novel by Richard C. Morais.

The Oscar-winning British actress (“The Queen”), who is married to American director Taylor Hackford, recently spoke about playing a restaurateur, her own cooking limitations and how a good wine can remain with you forever.


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