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At first, I thought chocolat would be one of those European films that we Americans don't understand because of the culture differences. After the initial introduction, the movie settled down into a pace where it quietly included past European and hence American superstitions and behaviors. Aristocracy and the hardships of labor are entwined with the love and devotion of family and friends. But not without a price. As the characters emerge you will fall for this romantic drama. This film requires no detailed knowledge of history or culture. A great film for family, dates, or just to be entertained but without the over the top explosions.
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I found this movie quite by accident and I was just blown away by it.
OK, I admit it: I absolutely love Johnny Depp and he's incredible in
this. But he's not alone, I mean, Juliette Binoche and Judy Dench among
others are definitely first class company. Alfred Molina has been one
of my favorite actors, ever since I watched him in "Not without my
daughter" with Sally Fields back in 1991. He shows his first class
quality in this movie and proved that he's just as versatile as the
great Johnny Depp himself.
But this movie belongs to the women of "Chocolat", they are IT! Every single one of them is a star! Juliette Binoche is incredibly charming and her chemistry with Johnny Depp is as addictive as chocolate.
The location is superb as it should, since it's a real village in the South of France, the music is beautiful and haunting at times, but not intrusive. The plot is good even if it's a bit predictable: the priest under the thumbs of the mayor and all the town's prejudice, the grandmother who is forbidden to spend time with her grandson because of the daughter's insecurity, the battered wife, etc, etc. But it all works out very nicely in the end with the town finally accepting the atheist lady and her perverse sweets, the return of the hunk, aka Johnny Depp and the wind, which is another caractor in the story... in other words, all lived happily ever after!
Even though it got five Oscar nominations and good reviews I f figured
this would be another in the long list of independent movies that
critics loved, not because it was great, but simply because it was
"un-Hollywood" and different. I was right on both accounts, it was not
standard Hollywood and it was different. But it was also great. How
refreshing to watch a movie that didn't depend on sex scenes, special
effects, or "over the top" violence to entertain. The acting was
superb, the script was well crafted and the direction offered a lot of
"eye candy" so you didn't want to look away.
I especially like the dialogue. The writer left a lot of holes for the viewer to fill in the blanks, so you felt like you were contributing to the story yourself. I was a wonderful movie.
Juliette Binoche is absolutely sublime as is everyone else in this finely casted film. It has been stated that Miramax shoved this movie down everyone's throats to garner some Academy Noms. Complete hubris. Binoche's expressions and reactions are so touching and so real, that you forget you are witnessing fiction. Lena Olin is also outstanding in her role of Josephine; a villager who is ostracized from the rest of the town for leaving her husband who is abusing her. There are so many plots woven in this tale that it would not be fair for me to try and summarize this. All I can say is, see this movie. It moves so fast and every scene is a delight. For all you lovers of chocolate, I would keep a few bon bons handy.
Chocolat is a good film. The plot is indeed very good, and despite
being simple at a first sight it have various layers and subtle
symbolism, specifically in the 'chocolate' types. For example, for the
boy with a spicy personality, bitter chocolate she offered. And to the
woman depressed, scarred by life,with bitter personality, she then
offered spicy chocolate. The chocolat itself represented some kind of a
freedom and liberation of the repressed side of the persons. Very
interesting, and it's definitely a film to be appreciated. The way the
city reacts is also very curious. The characters which appears in the
film have special kind of personality and a subtle meaning in them as
well. And is up to the viewer to discover what these meanings are.
The art direction is also good, very suggestive and definitely is important to the film overall. The natural aura that the film exudes has much to do with the excellent work in the lightning and in the scenario,with rudimentary, but harmful stores in the small Italian city. The soundtrack is wonderful, and fits perfectly each scene. The acting is overall very good, Alfred Molina,Julliete Binoche and Judi Dench specifically are stunning in their roles.
I highly recommend this film. 8.2/10
Chocolat is about the oddball in the village, the outsider bringing new
perspective. It's presented to us as a tale told from mother to
daughter, almost like a legend.
The photography is beautiful. The sets are very immersive and realistic, with fitting wardrobe. The story is interesting and light hearted, with some hit of drama and laughters. The characters are well built and very well played.
The most annoying thing about this film is the mix of accent, real or false. I admit it's probably because French is my mother tongue, but still. You eventually get used to it though. Also, the ending is just too perfect, especially concerning the mayor. I know the whole story has a fairy- tale undertone, but he completely reverse not only his view on the stranger, but also his demeanor and his religious views on the sanctity of marriage. It's too much.
Still, I recommend to everyone, especially if you like a bit of romance and tall tales.
This film is not recommended to those who are on a low calorie diet, because it makes you want to dive into a bowl of succulent chocolate. It's amazing how a simple movie can do that, without even using the scent to lure you. Chocolate turns an ordinary village of France into a sweet world, a fairy tale among simple people. The costumes and the scenery are very believable, really capturing the era and the atmosphere, of that time. But the story is good as well, without getting boring, speaking about the love that can tie family and friends together, the stereotypes that support closed communities of the countryside and how a simple ingredient like chocolate, can turn everything upside down. Great performances from the main and supporting cast actors and a memorable soundtrack. All in all chocolate is a remarkable film.
I just returned from the cinema. Wow! I'm trying to write about the movie
but I am obligated to talk this excelent casting. Juliette Binoche; that
woman is amazing, her mere expressions give such life to the character that
no words need to be said. Judi Dench also appeared brilliantly et la petit
Victoire Thivisol shows just what the future generation of French actors is
all about (she was excelent in Ponette - 1996). Johny Depp was a good
for the part, even though I did not like how the marketing exploited on his
image (because he's not THAT relevant in the film). Alfred Molina was true
to the part and I must say I was quite surprised at what actress Lena Olin
pulled through thru her supporting role (worth an Oscar nomination in my
That breath taking scenery could have been more exploited, specially the narrow streets of the pitoresque village. Still, the storyline was very well elaborate and entertaining. This is my new favourite movie for the month.
This is a feel good movie. Great for a rainy day! EXCELLENT. Honestly, I would have never thought this movie would be as entertaining as it was. I was captivated from the beginning to the end. I laughed and I cried and it was the best feeling. I left the theater in a better mood.
The year is 1959, but it might just as well be a century or more before, for all the intrusion of modern times and technology in this story of a mysterious woman (Binoche) and her daughter who arrive in a small French town and open a chocolate shop during Lent, which angers the mayor, a devout and intolerant count (Molina) who vows to put her out of business. In a sense, the story is a fairy tale about a good witch who turns a town upside down mainly due to the villagers' fear and ignorance, and does good for them despite themselves. Beautifully shot, wonderfully written, and delightfully acted, the film is as near perfection among romantic comedy-dramas as I have seen in a long time. Binoche is most fetching, Olin fine as a battered wife who blooms (it is magical just for a film buff to contemplate how the actresses and their roles have changed since they were together in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"), Molina a wonderful "villain," and Judi Dench as a crusty diabetic landlady somehow made me cry nearly every time she came on screen. Fine as he has been elsewhere, Johnny Depp as a sort of gypsy water-rat with a curious Irish brogue is a little out of his depth in this crowd. This is one to treasure in repeated viewings.
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