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Chocolat (2000)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  19 January 2001 (USA)
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A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

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When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. Written by Anonymous

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A comic fable from the director of "The Cider House Rules". See more »

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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Chocolate  »

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£938,266 (UK) (2 March 2001)

Gross:

ESP 1,206,710,487 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Storyteller: Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité - Tranquility. If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you. You knew your place in the scheme of things. And if you happened to forget, someone would help remind you. In this village, if you saw something you weren't supposed to see, you learned to look the other way. If perchance your hopes had been disappointed, you learned never to ask for ...
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What a wise and beautiful movie!
16 February 2004 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

I saw Chocolat again last night. I had forgotten how lovely a movie it is! People need stories like this these days.

Some other viewers have complained about the predictability of the plot. I don't think it's any more predictable than an average Hollywood film; I find most action films much more predictable and shallow.

The most beautiful thing about the movie (as about Hallström movies generally) is the wise, warm-hearted story about things that matter: love, sincerity, tolerance, standing up for the things you believe are righteous and good, and enjoying the simple pleasures in life, like a good dinner with friends, or like chocolate :) And Hallström tells his stories so delicately, in his very own style, with fine nuances and a twinkle of humour in his eye. Binoche, Dench, Depp, Molina, Thivisol etc. are fantastic.

I'm so glad I saw the movie. It always makes me think and feel a lot.


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