A tasty little comedy starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri as rival restaurateurs in the south of France
A tasty little comedy starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri as rival restaurateurs in the south of France.
Chocolat director Lasse Hallström serves up the cinematic equivalent of comfort food with a cosy and predictable culture-clashing battle of wills, but it goes down a treat.
The setting is a small, picturesque village where Mirren's snooty, Michelin-starred restaurant gets some unwelcome competition when Puri, newly arrived from India with his family and talented chef son Manish Dayal, opens a much more user-friendly eaterie across the road.
So, will the two competitors learn to love their differences and warm to each other..?
The accents are more than a tad overripe and the plot definitely goes off the boil midway through, but Puri and Mirren's delicious odd-couple chemistry makes the film immensely watchable, as does the sub-plot involving Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon.
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