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(2000)

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Juliette Binoche went to a chocolate shop in Paris to learn how to make chocolates. Some of the chocolates she made were used in the festival scene.
Although Johnny Depp lived in France at the time of filming, he doesn't appear in any of the scenes shot in France. All of his scenes were filmed on a set, or on-location in England. All of Dame Judi Dench's scenes were filmed in England. The DVD commentary notes that her husband was very ill during the shoot, and it was important for her to be close to home.
It is Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche jumping in the water themselves (despite having stunt people). It was reportedly freezing and muddy. But in the close-up shot of Juliette's face in the water, the man pulling her is not Johnny. This was shot in a water tank.
According to the audio commentary on the DVD, Johnny Depp doesn't like the taste of good chocolate - he prefers the cheap Easter bunny type.
Johnny Depp plays guitar in this movie in three scenes, and also does on two songs on the soundtrack (the first and last tracks).
Anouk's imaginary kangaroo's name is spelled Pantoufle, not Pantouf. This is clear in the closed-captioning. Pantoufle means "slipper" in French (this makes slightly more sense in the book, where Pantoufle is a rabbit).
The cemetery, which overlooks the town, is not real, and was created for the film. Also, there is no river adjacent to Flavigny.
The village of Flavigny sur Ozerain, with its 370 inhabitants, became part of the film. 250 people from the area were recruited as extras. The population was informed daily about what was going on.
The boat, on which Vianne and Roux have their love scene, was built on a stage, and then physically rocked to mimic the water. When the outside of the boat is shown after they kiss, the shadowy figures were added digitally.
Some of the filming took place at a small farm in Bruton, Somerset, England, for its "French rural feel."
The film's three main stars are all previous nominees for Best Actress in a Supporting Role; (Juliette Binoche - The English Patient (1996), Dame Judi Dench - Shakespeare in Love (1998), Lena Olin - Enemies: A Love Story (1989)). Binoche and Dench are both winners in that category, and were both nominated for this film.
Some of the extras used in the movie were from the town.
The man that Josephine dances with at the party is a flamenco dancer.
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.
Roux's boat, Reine (Queen) Tora, is named for Director Lasse Hallström's daughter Tora.
There is no statue in the square in Flavigny sur Ozerain. The statue of 'Comte Reynaud' was made of plastic, specially for the film. Comte de Buffon in Montbard served as a model.
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Gwyneth Paltrow turned down the role that went to Carrie-Anne Moss.
In the scene where Pere Henri is dancing, Alfred Molina was originally supposed to walk down the steps and see him. However, because he actually had a hurt toe, he just stood there instead of walking down the steps.
In several of the kitchen scenes, you see a woman's hands stirring chocolate. These are not Juliette Binoche's hands, but an extra's. Vianne's bracelet was added to make it look like her.
The scenes on the lake were not filmed in France, but in Fonthill Park, near Tisbury, in Wiltshire, England.
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Lasse Hallström is married to Lena Olin, who portrays Josephine Muscat.
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Peter Stormare, Lena Olin, and Lasse Hallström are all Swedish.
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Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin previously starred in The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988).
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The film's Oscar campaign became the grounds for a major fight between Miramax Chairman Harvey Weinstein and reporter Lisa Schwarzbaum, when Schwarzbaum enraged Weinstein, and said that the studio had cheaply used the endorsement of Anti-Defamation League Chairman Abe Foxman (who praised the film for its promotion of tolerance) as part of what she called a "P.T. Barnum" campaign. The dispute petered out when each side made vague apologies, and the film did get several Oscar nominations.
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Anouk comes into the store and says, "They're here!" And Vianne says "who's here?" and she says "Pirates!" They go outside, and see Roux (Johnny Depp) playing the guitar. Then Anouk says, "I bet he's the Captain". Depp went on to play a pirate named "Captain Jack Sparrow"
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When Josephine takes over her husband's café as her own, a foosball table is clearly visible.
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In an interview with The Harvard Crimson, Carrie-Anne Moss said that she would like to continue to work with Lasse Hallström.
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Johnny Depp does not appear until 52 minutes into the movie.
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Lena Olin and Johnny Depp previously starred in The Ninth Gate (1999).
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Lena Olin and Peter Stormare previously starred in Hamilton (1998).
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French visa # 101763.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The scene where Alfred Molina (Comte Paul de Reynaud) eats the window display, was shot on his last day of shooting, in case he didn't feel well after eating all the chocolate. He didn't. Along the way, he got a piece stuck in his throat briefly, and we see him lean over and expel it without breaking character.
As the camera is zooming out on the village, at the end, during the credits, you can see a man walk through the lower half of the square. Lasse Hallström wanted to be able to prove that it was the actual village, and not a miniature.
The storyteller (the voice of Tatyana Yassukovich) is revealed by one of the last scenes, to be the adult Anouk. It was debated about having a well-known celebrity take this role. However, in the end, it was decided that this would take away from the power of the film.
When we finally see him hopping away, Anouk's imaginary "kangaroo", Pantoufle, is played by a wallaby. Three trainers were on-set trying to make the creature hop a certain way.
According to the DVD commentary, in the scene where Vianne throws her mother's ashes into the wind, telephone lines had to be digitally removed as the camera pans over the village.
According to the DVD commentary, the Easter sermon that Pere Henri gives towards the end of the film, is the scene with which Hugh O'Conor auditioned.

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