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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.
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.
Although Johnny Depp lives in France, he doesn't appear in any of the scenes shot in France. All of his scenes were filmed on set or on location in England. All of 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.
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)
The cemetery which overlooks the town is not real and was created for the film. Also, there is no river adjacent to Flavigny.
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 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 in Chocolat took place at a small farm in Bruton, Somerset, UK for its "French rural feel."
The village of Flavigny sur Ozerain with its 370 inhabitants, became part of the film. 250 persons from the area were recruited as extras. The population was informed daily about what was going on.
Some of the extras used in the movie were from the town.
The film's three main stars are all previous nominees for Best Supporting Actress (Juliette Binoche - The English Patient (1996), 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.
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.
Gwyneth Paltrow turned down the role that went to Carrie-Anne Moss.
The man that Josephine dances with at the party is a flamenco dancer.
Roux's boat, Reine (Queen) Tora, is named for the director's daughter Tora.
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.
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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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.
The scenes on the lake were not filmed in France but in Fonthill Park, near Tisbury in Wiltshire UK.
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The film's Oscar campaign became the grounds for a major fight between then-Miramax Chairman Harvey Weinstein and reporter Lisa Schwarzbaum, when Schwarzbaum enraged Weinstein 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 a number of Oscar nominations.
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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 director Lasse Hallström.
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French visa # 101763.
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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. The director wanted to be able to prove that it was the actual village and not a miniature.
The storyteller, 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 audio commentary on the DVD, 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 audio commentary on the DVD, the Easter sermon that Pere Henri gives towards the end of the film is the scene that Hugh O'Conor auditioned with.

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