AWFJ Movie of the Week, Aug. 4-10: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

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100 Foot Journey posterOpening Aug. 8, the AWFJ Movie of the Week is The Hundred-Foot Journeya film adaptation of the beloved novel by Richard C. Morais. The film stars Dame Helen Mirren as Madame Mallory, the acclaimed French chef and restaurateur of the Micehelin-starred Le Saule Pleureur who finds that her culinary dominance in the quaint French tourist town of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val is challenged when an Indian bistro, Maison Mumbai, opens across the street. Her new rival is young chef Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), a culinary wunderkind blessed with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. He’s backed by his tenacious father (Om Puri) and family, all recently resettled in the South of France from their distant homeland. The culinary and cultural rivalry contretemps is eventually quelled by their mutual love of haute cuisine and a budding romance between Hassan and Madame Mallory’s charming sous chef (Charlotte Le Bon). Everything about this film is delicious. Read on…

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Jennifer Merin: My pick is The Hundred-Foot Journey:  Good food, cross cultural interplay and Helen Mirren! What a great recipe for movie fun and fulfillment!

Leba Hertz: I’m going with The Hundred-Foot Journey for Helen Mirren; that’s all you need to know.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, MaryAnn Johanson, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Rebecca Murray, Kristy Puchko, Carrie Rickey, Sheila Roberts, Jeanne Wolf, Sara Vizcarrando.

Other Movies Opening the Week of Aug. 4-8, 2014:

August 6
– Web Junkie (NY)

August 7
– The Hundred-Foot Journey (p.m. screenings)
– Into the Storm (2D theaters and IMAX, p.m. screenings)
– Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (p.m. screenings)

August 8
– About Alex (limited)
– After (limited)
– Deepsea Challenge 3D
– The Dog (NY)
– Fifi Howls from Happiness (NY; LA release: Aug. 15)
– Keep On Keepin’ On (limited)
– The Maid’s Room (limited)
– Step Up All In (3D/2D theaters)
– What If (NY, LA)


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