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Chocolat (1988)

PG-13 | | Drama | May 1989 (USA)
A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, ... See full summary »

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Claire Denis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isaach De Bankolé ... Protée
Giulia Boschi ... Aimée Dalens
François Cluzet ... Marc Dalens
Jean-Claude Adelin Jean-Claude Adelin ... Luc
Laurent Arnal Laurent Arnal ... Machinard
Jean Bediebe Jean Bediebe ... Prosper
Jean-Quentin Châtelain Jean-Quentin Châtelain ... Courbassol
Emmanuelle Chaulet Emmanuelle Chaulet ... Mireille Machinard
Kenneth Cranham ... Boothby
Jacques Denis Jacques Denis ... Joseph Delpich
Cécile Ducasse Cécile Ducasse ... France enfant / France, as a girl
Clementine Essono Clementine Essono ... Marie-Jeanne
Didier Flamand Didier Flamand ... Capt. Védrine
Essindi Mindja Essindi Mindja ... Blaise
Donatus Ngala Donatus Ngala
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A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, Protee - a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty - and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society. Written by Dawn M. Barclift

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Language:

French | English | Hausa

Release Date:

May 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chocolate See more »

Filming Locations:

Cameroon

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$2,317,091
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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a thoughtful and interesting movie
2 March 2001 | by Heart89See all my reviews

By way of a woman's remembrance we are asked to reflect upon themes - coming of age, colonialism, race, religion, the power of the elements - that are often presented in a heavy-handed and awkward manner.

This film is very understated and thoughtful. There is no one single message or moral here; these are complex themes and so there is often ambiguity.

I liked this film very much. I know this will seem trite, but, not many American Directors make small films like this - ones that deal with complex themes in a gentle and intelligent manner.


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