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Chocolat (2000)

PG-13  |   |  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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Drama | Romance

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

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19 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chocolate  »

Box Office

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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Trivia

The French town of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, where most of the movie was filmed (except for scenes on the water), does not have a chocolatier. However, it is the home of l'Abbaye de Flavigny; the abbey makes anise (and other flavored) candies that are sold worldwide in little tins decorated with flowered designs and copies of old engravings. Unfortunately, the factory does not allow visitors. See more »

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When Vianne and Roux are in the river, the two change (between shots) from Vianne facing away from shore with Roux's arm across her chest to Vianne facing towards the shore with Roux's arm around her shoulders. See more »

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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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Mon homme (My Man)
Written by Jacques Charles (as Jacques-Charles)/Albert Willemetz (as Albert Willernetz)/Maurice Yvain
Published by Salabert Soc/ Ascherberg Hopwood & Crew Limited
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Limited
Performed by Sidney Bechet
Courtesy of Disques Vogue France
Licensed by BMG Entertainment International UK & Ireland Limited
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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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