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Chocolat (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | May 1989 (USA)
A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, ... See full summary »

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Aimée Dalens
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Marc Dalens
Jean-Claude Adelin ...
Luc
Laurent Arnal ...
Machinard
Jean Bediebe ...
Prosper
Jean-Quentin Châtelain ...
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Mireille Machinard
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Jacques Denis ...
Joseph Delpich
Cécile Ducasse ...
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Clementine Essono ...
Marie-Jeanne
Didier Flamand ...
Capt. Védrine
Essindi Mindja ...
Blaise
Donatus Ngala
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A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty - and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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$2,317,091 (USA)
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Deeper than Black vs. White
23 December 2000 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, because of US viewers' tendency to shun subtitles, this movie has not received the distribution nor attention it merits. Its subtle themes of belonging, identity, racial relations and especially how colonialism harms all parties, transcend the obvious dramatic tensions, the nostalgic memories of the protaganiste's childhood, and the exoticism of her relationship with her parents' "houseboy," perhaps the only "real" human she knows. We won't even look at her mother's relationship with this elegant man. There! i hope i've given you enough of a hook to take it in, whether you speak French or like subtitles or not. I challenge you to be as brave, strong and aware as La P'tite.


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