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The Hundred-Foot Journey Movie Quotes

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"The Hundred-Foot Journey" movie quotes tell the heartwarming story of one stiff restauranteur who is challenged and changed by a talented Indian chef who invades her quaint French town. The comedy-drama film was adapted into a screenplay by Steven Knight from the book of the same title by Richard C. Morais. "The Hundred-Foot Journey," which was directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by the likes of Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, opened on August 8, 2014.

In "The Hundred-Foot Journey," young and brilliant chef Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) and his family move to the South of France after they are forced out of India. Hassan's father, Papa (Om Puri), is determined to open a restaurant and finds a suitable location. That location however is just 100 feet from an acclaimed and Michelin-starred French restaurant.

Papa and Hassan's restaurant angers the French restaurant's proprietress, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), a woman who takes her business very seriously. But when Madame Mallory tastes the food Hassan prepares, she knows he is special and takes him under her wing. This only angers Papa, who feels she has stolen his son. With only 100 steps dividing the two restaurants, Madame Mallory and Papa must find a way to coexist, perhaps over one thing they both love: food.

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    Why Change a Recipe That Is 200 Years Old?

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    Hassan: "I added some spices."
    Madame Mallory: "Why change a recipe that is 200 years old?"
    Hassan: "Maybe 200 years is long enough."

    Madame Mallory is surprised when Hassan changes a 200-year-old recipe without her blessing. He isn't interested in her reasoning for keeping the recipe the same, however.
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    Madame Mallory Knows in Just One Mouthful

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    Marguerite: "Madame Mallory knows in just one mouthful if a chef has the potential to be great."

    Hassan: "Madame, I would like to make you an omelette."

    In a turning point in their relationship, Hassan is determined to impress Madame Mallory with his culinary powers. Spoiler: He is successful.
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    This Is Private Property

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    Papa: "I want to buy this restaurant."
    Madame Mallory: "Bonjour. Can I help you?"
    Hassan: "Sorry, sorry, we were just looking around here."
    Madame Mallory: "This is private property."
    Papa: "Excuse me, do you own this property?"
    Madame Mallory: "No, no"
    Papa: "Oh, that means you are trespassing too. Do you know the owner of this place?"
    Madame Mallory: "Yes, I know them very well. They've gone back to Paris but they asked me to keep an eye out for them."
    Papa: "Oh, I bet you do. How much are they asking?"
    Hassan: "Papa, please!"
    Papa: "One minute"
    Madame Mallory: "Oh, you must understand that a property of this size in this village would be very expensive and, well, I heard you ask for a discount in Claude's hotel and…"
    Hassan: "Papa, you didn't!"
    Papa: "Madame, asking for a discount doesn't mean I'm poor. It means I'm thrifty."

    Hassan and Papa get the cold shoulder from Madame Mallory on their first meeting. When Papa inquires about a restaurant for sale, Madame Mallory assumes that just because he is thrifty that they couldn't afford such a place.
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    He Is Better

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    Papa: "Is he as good as he thinks he is?"
    Madame Mallory: "He is better."

    They might not get along about other things but Papa and Madame Mallory can agree on one thing: Hassan is better than a great chef.
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