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Release Date:
25 October 2000 (France) See more »
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Plot:
In Lausanne, the aspirant pianist Jeanne Pollet has lunch with her mother Louise Pollet, her boyfriend Axel and his mother... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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This movie is a thought experiment See more (45 total) »

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Directed by
Claude Chabrol 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charlotte Armstrong  novel "The Chocolate Cobweb"
Claude Chabrol 
Caroline Eliacheff 

Produced by
Yvon Crenn .... executive producer
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Jean-Louis Porchet .... associate producer
Gérard Ruey .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Matthieu Chabrol 
 
Cinematography by
Renato Berta 
 
Film Editing by
Monique Fardoulis 
 
Production Design by
Ivan Niclass 
 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Tavernier 
 
Makeup Department
Max Buhler .... hair stylist
Paul de Fisser .... hair stylist
Sonia Geneux .... makeup artist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
David Crenn .... assistant unit manager
Yvon Crenn .... production manager
Francine Lusser .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cécile Maistre .... first assistant director
Daniel Maurer .... assistant director
Isabelle Vossart .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Georges Ayusawa .... assistant decorator: Switzerland
Pierre Galliard .... property master
Rekha Musale .... assistant decorator: Switzerland
 
Sound Department
Jonathan Acbard .... assistant sound
Jean-Pierre Duret .... sound
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Bruno Langiano .... sound effects editor
André Naudin .... sound effects editor
Claude Villand .... sound
Pascal Vuillemin .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fabrice Aragno .... grip: Switzerland
Eric Bonnaire .... grip
Philippe Cadeau .... gaffer (as Philip Cadeau)
Thierry Labille .... electrician
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
Olivier Porchet .... second assistant camera: Switzerland
Gilles-Vincent Rieder .... grip: Switzerland
Dominique Robert .... key grip
Cedric Russo .... electrician: Switzerland
Michel Thiriet .... camera operator
Jean-Paul Toraille .... first assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cécile Cotten .... costumer
Laurence Glentzin .... wardrobe
Hélène Robin .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Sylvie Lager .... assistant editor
Rodolphe Molla .... assistant editor
Florence Poulain .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Ricardo Castro .... piano
Frédéric Chopin .... composer: additional music (as Chopin)
Claude Debussy .... composer: additional music (as Debussy)
Aline Jaussi .... piano
Franz Liszt .... composer: additional music (as Liszt)
Gustav Mahler .... composer: additional music (as Mahler)
L' Orchestre Symphonique Français .... musician (as Solistes de l'Orchestre Symphonique Français)
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
Franz Schubert .... composer: additional music (as Schubert)
Alexander Scriabin .... composer: additional music (as Scriabine)
 
Other crew
Vanessa Balmer .... production assistant: Switzerland
Aurore Chabrol .... script supervisor
Monica Donati .... press attache
Olga Fabrizio .... trainee location manager
Sandra Gerber .... production assistant: Switzerland
Nathalie Kreuther .... production assistant
Gisele Musy .... production administrator: Switzerland
Helene Platel .... production administrator: Switzerland
Claudia Tur .... production secretary: Switzerland
Gisèle Vuillaume .... production administrator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Merci pour le chocolat" - France (original title)
"Nightcap" - Canada (English title) (festival title)
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Runtime:
99 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG | Finland:S | France:U | Germany:12 (f) | Hong Kong:IIA | Spain:13 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:PG

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At the time this movie was shot, the house was owned by David Bowie who was trying to sell it.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (at around 40 mins) When Mika is talking to Dr. Pollet in the hospital, two crew members feet and a cable (possibly the boom mic's cable) are visible moving - reflected on the side of table. This shot lasts for approx 50 seconds like this.See more »
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References Secret Beyond the Door... (1947)See more »
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FunéraillesSee more »

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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
This movie is a thought experiment, 20 January 2001
Author: drappy (peter_imhof@gmx.de) from Munich, Germany

BEWARE: These comments give away crucial elements of the plot!!! Don't read these comments unless you've seen the movie!!!

Even though I don't find the movie works well as a thriller, I am glad I watched it. Here is why:

Assume that your behavior is determined by your nature, i.e. by the genes that have been passed down to you from your parents. Is it then still possible to hold someone responsible for what he or she is doing? In other words: Why do things happen the way they happen? This is IMHO the fundamental question that Claude Chabrol asks in his latest movie Sweet Poison.

From very early on in the movie the alignment of characters is fairly obvious: A couple consisting of a femme fatale and a detached pianist, their dull son and as a twin personality the young, alert, and beautiful woman, and her mother, a doctor. Whereas the social relations between these characters are plain: couple, son, daughter, the biological relations between them are highly questionable: the son had been conceived by a woman who later on died in a car-accident; daughter and son might have been swapped on their very first day of life; the doctor conceived her child with the help of an anonymous donator of semen; the femme fatale had been adopted by her parents. This absurd number of ambiguities seems to indicate that this is really the main theme of the movie. The viewer is led to believe that the swapping actually took place and that the daughter has inherited the musical talent from the pianist, while the son inherits the dull unspecificity of his anonymous father.

All four main characters - the couple, son, and daughter - simply live out what has been given to them by nature: the father is a famous pianist, his daughter follows his foot-steps. The femme fatale (symbolically portrayed as a spider) tries to kill the women that get in between herself and the pianist (the mother of the son and the pianist's daughter). The daughter lives an interesting life, which includes playing piano. The son doesn't act at all.

The femme fatale kills the mother of the pianist's son with the help of sweet poison (reflecting the German title: Suesses Gift). When the daughter starts to interfere with the life of the couple, the femme fatale takes the exact same steps (not buying drugs, hurting her son's foot, sending the woman into town to buy drugs, mixing sleeping drugs into the woman's drink) in order to kill the daughter, too. She behaves like a spider that builds a web and immediately starts to build another one when a scientist destroys the web the spider just made: It is a built-in program that's running, not something that the wasp decides to do or not to do. When the pianist finds out about his wife's nature, he doesn't grab her by the throat or accuses her. He just asks her why she did it and then goes on to play piano. This answers the first question: If humans are driven by their nature one cannot hold them responsible for their deeds anymore. Because it is just their nature and they cannot help it.

However, when the femme fatale tries to kill a woman who is close to the pianist the second time around, she fails. Her plan goes the same way as the first time. Whether she succeeds or fails depends on chance, i.e. circumstances that lie beyond her influence, like better car technology. What determines the outcome of things then - the second question - is not human will or drive, but random chance. It is nothing but luck whether things work out or not, if we assume that it is all in our nature/genes.

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