Chocolat


An unmarried woman and her young daughter arrive in a conservative French town, and set up a chocolate shop, selling a wide variety of tempting treats made from secret Mayan recipes. Her behaviour upsets the mayor, who does all in his power to turn the village against her. However, she is such a sweet person that she soon makes friends. Then some Irish river gypsies arrive, causing more consternation in the town, while she finds herself very attracted to one of them...


120 minutes.
Parental Guidance.
Romance, On the Art Circuit
I know the way to a man
I know the way to a man's heart...

Credits

Cast
Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Johhny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina
Director
Lasse Hallström
ScreenplayRobert Nelson Jacobs, from the novel by Joanne Harris
MusicRachel Portman
CinematographyRoger Pratt
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2000
Produced byDavid Brown Productions, Fat Free Limited, Miramax Films

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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
13
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
15
The Cape Times
Christopher Rodrigues
15
The Cape Times
Julia Landau
15
The Star
Joanna Rix
18
Die Burger
Francois Smith
10
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
Rapport
Barrie Hough
18
SA City Life
Tony Jackman
20
SAfm Screen & Co
Alan Swerdlow
12
eye Weekly
Gemma Files
15
Box Office
Wade Major
8
James Berardinelli
10
Total Film
Denetrios Matheou
10
Film Review
James Mottram
10
Uncut
Chris Roberts
5

What the People say

Internet
1472 Netizens
15

Average .. 66%

13

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
Andre Mes 18
Angel Dawson (27) 18
Colleen Thorpe (33) 18
Isma Manitsa (28) 18
Simone Eichler 16
Evan Smit (27) 19

Average .. 89%

18

Visitor Comments

Ian Douglas: The Oscar nominations ensured a very full press preview for this. I thought it good, but not *that* good to win the Best Movie award. The film may appeal more to women, as the men are not painted very sympathetically, while the women take the lead in all the action. The heroine is almost sweeter than her chocolates, which upset some of the American critics.

Andre Mes (31): What a wonderful film! I fell in love with the characters from the first moment. Binoche and Dench are superb, as is Olin and Moss, who I hardly recognised at first, she was so different to her Matrix charcater. What amused me was the simpleness of the villagers' lives and their ignorances to the outside world, even for the late 1950s. And that chocolate .... aaaaw! Maybe no masterpiece, but one of the best films of the year!

Simone Eichler (25): My father laughed through out this movie and we all left with smiles on our faces and an uncontrolable urge to eat chocolate.






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