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To say that Lasse Hallstrom is a genius would be close to the truth. This film is brilliantly done! A delightfully magical story, well told through the eyes of a master director. Juliette Binoche is flawless. Dame Judy Dench continues to leave me in awe.
This movie was a wonderful surprise! A great cast and amazing directing! This movie combines wonderful bits of humor and wisdom along with romance and drama and of course...mouth watering Chocolate. The result is a very sweet mix of fairy tale and real life and it all adds up to great movie making!
let me just say, i really enjoyed this movie. there isn't a whole lot
else for me to say. it's a good movie, and easy watch, a bit of a feel
good (though it does have some down parts), pretty well acted, decent
story and makes you want to travel and make chocolate.
i kind of saw the love story between Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp a little pointless, like they just put him in the movie for the sake of having Johnny Depp in the movie. But i guess what is a love story without romance.
the movie actually covers a wide variety of issues, such as a persons right to do what they want with their body, control of religion and religion used as a means of control. religion is actually a main theme in this movie, but it doesn't in anyway bible bash you, it's very light.
recommending this for a night in, 8/10.
One of the more popular and appealing English productions with a strikingly foreign accent, including a co-starring role by the up and coming Johnny Depp who actually plays an albeit estranged wanderer but relatively straight character. Juliette Binoche is never better in this tender, subtle seductive, and mesmerizing mystic film about an unsettled single mother who makes a variety of chocolates and settles along with her daughter into this little hamlet overseen by a manipulative mayor who has rigid beliefs of his own. There is a constant underlying tone of hidden agendas, past emotional dysfunctions and a battle of wills between power, religion, and creative, primal impulses. Nominated for five Oscars, this little powerhouse of a movie pulls the audience in with its on-screen struggle of repressed emotions and the tantalizing brilliance of tolerance. Judi Dench also has a powerful role here as a grandmother who hides a secret. 8/10.
Very fine movie about the effect one woman, her daughter and her talent for
bringing out the best in people in their newest chocolate shop in France.
Binoche is perfectly cast as Vienne, a woman not tied to traditional values at all - she does not attend church and is not married. This does not bode well with the Mayor (Alfred Molina) who fancies himself something of a dictator - he wants to tell you how to live and how to feel and even has so much of an influence in church that the young priest often has to be edited on the pulpit by him.
Aside from the Mayor, Vienne has an effect on several townspeople, most notably Judi Dench, from whom she is renting the space. She is an angry woman who has been denied the right to see her grandson, even though he lives in the same small town. She does not agree with her daughters' methods of upbringing, but Vienne arranges a meeting that brings the two close together.
Also, an abused woman named Josephine, is inspired by Vienne's spirit to leave her husband (Peter Stormare) but is seen in bad light since she is forgetting about her marriage vows. Josephine works at the shop and is soon an independent person.
Binoche and Dench certainly deserved their Oscar nominations, but Lena Olin as Josephine should have received one, too.
Very enjoyable, lightweight for the most part but worth seeing. 8/10.
What an extraordinarily predictable load of cliches. What a waste of acting talent. What a waste of time. How anyone who has ever been to France, been in love, seen a film, read a book, eaten, breathed, or even just been born can give a positive review to this load of tosh is beyond my comprehension.
I gave this film a 1 out of 10 and that is for the fine technical work
in it. The film does nothing but beat you over the head with a
politically correct "open your mind" stick right from the get-go and
never lets up. There is absolutely no dealing with issues. I am not a
Christian, nor am I a big fan of Christianity, but I felt for them in
this film because they were given little to no respect. We as the
audience see the Christian characters as stupid, dull and
short-tempered. Juliette Binoche's character, however, is righteous and
the movie makes absolutely NO attempt to delve into her philosophy. We
are supposed to accept that she is simply right and the townspeople are
sleepwalking, only to be awakened by the vessel of her enlightening
Once again in a Hollywood film, Christians are characters who are single-minded and convenient foils for the open-minded and therefore correct heroes of the film. Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that either side is right, but the filmmakers don't give the traditional Christians even a voice of respect and then slap them in the face by having the Christian priest speak about how he felt they should forget about the divinity of Christ and regale in his humanity. I thought the film might bring up issues for discussion, but instead it was absolutely nothing but bull-headed, incredibly repetitive and boring.
Yes, a great film to be a part of visually, but those visual gifts disguise an un-daring, bland story. Thumbs down.
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This will forever be one my favorite films. While the plot is a relatively straightforward story about a small town, the film is packed with powerful messages that can benefit everyone, regardless of their background. Each character is well-developed, interesting, and unique, with stellar performances given by all, most notably Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench. The set and location of the film are simple, yet pleasant. Perhaps the only scenes where the characters aren't the center of attention are those where Vianne is making delectable chocolate creations. It just goes to show that telling a good story doesn't require fancy effects or breath-taking scenery. Throughout the film, the overarching themes seem to be the influence of tradition, while the main message is one of tolerance and acceptance. Both Vianne and the conservative villagers struggle with the prospect of giving up certain traditions. Vianne embodies what a main character should be: bold and courageous, but not infallible. She struggles to let go of her timeless family tradition that involves moving from place to place. Meanwhile, the villagers struggle to challenge their own religious traditions and accept ideologies separate from their own. They initially refuse to enter her shop, even though by doing so they would be rewarded with delicious chocolate. This shows just how much influence tradition can have over people. When Roux enters the village, he is treated as an outcast by everyone except Vianne. The romantic relationship that blossoms from their encounter further serves to show viewers that acceptance brings mutual rewards. Overall, as the movie progresses, both Vianne and the villagers go through a slow, believable transitional period with several setbacks along the way. The film furthers this message of acceptance by extending it to single mothers and independent women, both frowned upon especially during that time. The villagers at first are shocked that Anouk is Vianne's illegitimate child, but soon overcome their judgments and realize that this does not define her. Another woman, Josephine, leaves her husband after suffering domestic abuse, eventually gaining control over the café he used to own and starting to live life by her own terms. Another intriguing aspect of the film is that the focus remains on the transitional period of the characters. While you may be left to wonder about some things, especially the paternity of Anouk, they are purposefully not revealed because they aren't relevant to the story. The film never strays from the characters and their interactions except to reveal something that is essential to the current story line. Overall, I would recommend this film to everyone. In a world increasingly divided because of our differences, we could all learn something from Vianne's tolerance and kindness.
"Chocolat" was directed by Lasse Hallstrom, a man with a developed sense to present human emotion and weakness. Juliette and Judi play two women with strong opinions and a hard-guard because of fear of being injured. The town scene, accompanied with music, creates an atmosphere as if time has stopped. Residents secretly want to go forward, toward something else but well rooted they stay anchored. The shop is located on the square, opposite the church, symbolically portraying the battle that follows. A lot of messages are here, torn by the old way of life and the desire to go into hiding, afraid of the uncertainty that the new time brings and how the smallest thing can make the greatest difference. Lase Halstromov "Chocolat" is a treat you'll want to try again.
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Chocolate was in my eyes a great movie. I'm typically not a fan of movies like these but to watch the characters grow and change overtime was just truly amazing. The main character, Vianne, over came the hardship from the people in the village. Most of the people didn't accept her because they were told by the mayor of the town, who is a huge religious man,that she was no good due to the fact she was opening a chocolate store around the time Lent was beginning. Few people would go into the shop and then less and less started to show because they were being turned against her. She was ready to give it all up and runaway to another new town with her daughter but the friends she made had stood up for her and even had changed the mayors opinion of her. The way she even helped out the older woman to live her last few moments of life to the fullest was just truly amazing even though she was dying pretty fast from her diabetes. This movie is something i would recommend to people who want to watch a good story of characters unfold and how everyone comes together to love one another
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