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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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French | English | Hausa

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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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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.66 : 1
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intriguing colonial allegory
10 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Elusive, introspective memories of a childhood in colonial Africa are recalled through the eyes of a self-possessed young girl with the telltale name France. In her calm, observant demeanor she is, herself, almost African, and likewise the film is beautiful and aloof in a way that speaks volumes with a minimum of words. Nothing is ever made explicit, least of all the suppressed attraction between France's young mother, left in charge of a remote homestead while her husband is away on business, and the handsome native houseboy who suffers his servitude with a proud but uneasy forbearance. Writer director Claire Denis shows a strong affinity for the landscapes and people of her adopted continent, maintaining a beguiling ambiguity about who exactly has the upper hand: the French masters or the passive, patient native servants.


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