The movie The Hundred-foot Journey begins in India where an Indian family that loves cooking has a family restaurant. Touched by tragedy during a fire in their restaurant, the head of the family decides they should move to a new country. After some trial and error in finding just the right spot, they come to a lovely village in the south of France and happen upon an empty restaurant for sale. The sale is made and they begin restoration, moving in with not one thought of the 3-star French restaurant across the road from them. Then begins the lovely story of the Indian young man and the French young woman. They both want to be great chefs. The older Indian head-of-household wants to have a thriving business while the French matron and owner of the 3-star restaurant across the road yearns for 5 stars and for the awful smelling Indian restaurant to disappear.
I found this one of my favorite non-bloody non-action movies of the year, a nice movie with a lovely ending. It is a story of families and racial differences. But it's also a love story and a story of hardworking people that make it in the end. To me this is a feel-good movie.
(Editor's note: This movie is based on the book by the same title by Richard C. Morais, available in print, downloadable audio and ebook formats.)