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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.
seductive. this is its definition. a film as cake with mystery, old fashion style, warm sweetness, childish joy, a film about Frank Capra recipes but with few spices of new century. all is magic - cast, performance, details, moral lessons. all is projection of morning in the charm skin of hot chocolate. it is a wise fairy tale. a fairy tale for adults , with flavor of Coelho but not more, with the taste of freedom essence, but in careful measure, with a shadow of dust of a never-ending trip. a film. as a beach in evening, a rain in first day of spring, a gift for Christmas, a flower in a small garden. like map of magnificent land of past. or, only, a seed. for true feelings.
Chocolat is a fantasy-comedy with the owner of a gourmet chocolate
shop, Vianne(Juliette Binoche) and her daughter, Anouk, who was born
out of wedlock, opening the store during Lent at a small, mostly
Catholic village, causing much consternation. They are not church goers
and are looked down upon by the locals. At the start of the story.
Viane's landlady, Armande(Judi Dench) has a strained relationship with
her girl, Caroline, who will not allow her mother to see her grandson.
Vianne plays peacemaker at the shop, getting all three together while
consuming the candy.
Next is Josephine(Lena Olin), who has left an abusive husband to live with Viane and becomes independent while working as an intern, learning to create delicious confectioneries. Her husband is an obsessive drunk who pursues her unrelentingly. She refuses to reunite with him.
A group of gypsy's arrive and Vianne falls for the flamboyant Roux(Johnny Depp), the head of the travelers who stage an elaborate birthday party for Armande. Chocolat is magical, so be prepared to be captured by its spell.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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