'The Hundred-Foot Journey' Trailer: Helen Mirren Plays a Snobby Chef (Video)

"The Hundred-Foot Journey"
"The Hundred-Foot Journey"
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Helen Mirren plays a prickly French chef known for dishing out bonbons and bon mots in the trailer for the upcoming drama The Hundred-Foot Journey.

In the film -- produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey -- Mirren is Madame Mallory, a chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the south of France. She holds her kitchen to impossibly high standards and lambastes her staff for the slightest misstep. 

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"Last night, we served this," Mallory says, holding up a limp piece of asparagus. "In this restaurant, the cuisine is not an old, tired marriage -- it is a passionate affair."

Tensions simmer and boil over when an Indian family opens a restaurant across the street. "If your music is anything like your food, I suggest you tone it down," Mallory admonishes the Indian restaurant's chef (90210's Manish Dayal).  

Oscar-nominated Lasse Hallstrom -- who helmed the food-centric Chocolat and last year's Safe Haven -- directed the film from a script by Locke writer-director Steven Knight. The film is based on the 2010 novel of the same name by Richard C. Morais

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Winfrey has been a longtime champion of the novel, putting it on her O magazine's 2010 summer reading list. Spielberg directed Winfrey in 1985's The Color Purple. 

Disney releases The Hundred-Foot Journey on Aug. 8 and is presumably hoping it enjoys success similar to that of Fox Searchlight's 2012 sleeper hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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