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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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Protée
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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 ...
Courbassol
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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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Chocolate  »

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$2,317,091 (USA)
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a thoughtful and interesting movie
2 March 2001 | by (Sebastopol, California) – See all my reviews

By way of a woman's remembrance we are asked to reflect upon themes - coming of age, colonialism, race, religion, the power of the elements - that are often presented in a heavy-handed and awkward manner.

This film is very understated and thoughtful. There is no one single message or moral here; these are complex themes and so there is often ambiguity.

I liked this film very much. I know this will seem trite, but, not many American Directors make small films like this - ones that deal with complex themes in a gentle and intelligent manner.


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