(2014) (Manish Dayal, Helen Mirren) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Dramedy: An Indian family relocates to a small French village where the proprietor of a classic French restaurant directly across the street isn't happy to welcome them as her new culinary competition
- Not long ago, the Kadam family, led by Papa (OM PURI) and his wife, ran a successful Indian restaurant in Mumbai. But a violent political protest not only resulted in the death of their matriarch, but also forced them to move out of the country and to London. After an unsuccessful time there, Papa decides to move his family -- Hassan (MANISH DAYAL), Mansur (AMIT SHAH), Mahira (FARZANA DUA ELAHA) and their younger siblings, Mukthar (DILLON MITRA) and Aisah (ARIA PANDYA) -- to mainland Europe.
Then their car ends up breaking down in the small village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. A lovely young woman, Marguerite (CHARLOTTE LE BON), comes to their rescue and feeds them, but Papa's eyes are on an abandoned restaurant on the outskirts of town. Seeing no places offering Indian food, he decides they should open up shop there, something Mansur vehemently thinks is a bad idea. That sentiment is shared by Madame Mallory (HELEN MIRREN), the steely and meticulous owner of a classic French restaurant directly across the street from the shuttered place Papa is interested in buying.
He eventually does, thus putting him, his family and their fledgling restaurant in direct competition with Madame Mallory's well-respected establishment where Marguerite works as the sous-chef and one days hopes to take the place of head chef Jean-Pierre (CLEMENT SIBONY). As the two restaurant veterans take on each other in business battle -- hoping to gain the favors of the local Mayor (MICHEL BLANC) in the process -- Hassan and Marguerite end up having eyes for one another, even knowing that their professions could end up making them rivals as well.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might, but it's unlikely younger ones will unless they're into cooking or are fans of someone in the cast.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For thematic elements, some violence, language and brief sensuality.
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