The Hundred-Foot Journey Review Director Lasse Hallström is in the “nice” movie business. With a knack for drama (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, Cider House Rules) and romance (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Chocolat, and two Nicholas Sparks adaptations), the Swedish filmmaker routinely braves the dangerous waters of sentimentality to tell stories of nice people surviving not-so-nice realities. The Hundred-Foot Journey is quintessential Hallström. A fairy tale of compassion and good taste, the adaptation of Richard C. Morais' novel is assembled from familiar ingredients into dramatic comfort food.