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Saturday, 30 August 2014


Saw the trailer for this movie and instantly told myself that I have to watch it, therefore I drag gf along and without thinking it through book for 9 pm movie at TGV, 1 Utama on a Friday (I know, genius) but that is also because no other cinema is showing this show. Parked my car like a bawse and then ran straight for dinner at 8.15 pm and rush through everything, almost choking on my wantons. We were in the cinema sharp at 9 pm and the movie start shortly after everyone stood up and sang "Negaraku".

The movie talks about Papa Kadam (Om Puri) who brings his family to Europe after his culinary empire in India suffer losses from a vicious attack from losing election party which also took the life of his beloved wife. Trained under her mother before her death, culinary extraordinaire, Hassan Kadam (Manish Dyal) followed Papa Kadam together with the rest. It all started with the brake malfunction and helped by Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) which leads them to a small town,Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val where Papa insist of setting up the restaurant opposite Le Saule Pleureur, a one star Michelin restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren). This is the start of two culinary clashes which will keep you entertained.


This show blends two different culture in the most interesting possible way, be it in the form of cooking or romance or simply just interaction it shows the uniqueness of it. The romance of Papa and Madame Mallory is classy yet cute while the romance of Hassan and Charlotte are both good and not overboard. The dialogue in the movie are hilarious with Papa solely being the one cracking up jokes which just seems natural and not forceful. The acting of others besides the eldest are actually good and carried along the show properly with not much awkwardness and everything seems very natural feeling.


Some complains I might have for the movie is, I wished the romance for Hassan stood out just a little more. He is actually the star of the movie but overshadowed solely by his dad with much superior acting. Besides that, seems like after awhile, only the Indian spices are used in the movie, how about a fine dining version of Chicken Masala or maybe Tandoori fine dining? Lots of France cuisine were featured with Indian spices. 


I had the best of feeling watching this movie and if you like food and romance, you will have a great time like me too. Just please make sure to have eaten before watching the movie as it features really good food which will make your stomach growl, I am sure of that. Just watch something for a change and you will be surprise on how much feeling this show will bring you. 

TL;DR:Culinary battle between Indian and France cuisine, romance, heart warming moments, and FOODS! 


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