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Merci pour le Chocolat (2000)

Merci pour le chocolat (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 25 October 2000 (France)
In Lausanne, the aspirant pianist Jeanne Pollet has lunch with her mother Louise Pollet, her boyfriend Axel and his mother. Lenna leans that when she was born, a nurse had mistakenly told ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Chabrol

Writers:

Caroline Eliacheff (scenario), Claude Chabrol (scenario) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Isabelle Huppert ... Marie-Claire 'Mika' Muller
Jacques Dutronc ... André Polonski
Anna Mouglalis ... Jeanne Pollet
Rodolphe Pauly Rodolphe Pauly ... Guillaume Polonski
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... Louise Pollet
Michel Robin ... Dufreigne
Mathieu Simonet ... Axel
Lydia Andrei Lydia Andrei ... Lisbeth
Véronique Alain Véronique Alain ... Madame le Maire
Isolde Barth ... Pauline
Jacqueline Burnand Jacqueline Burnand
François Germond François Germond
Antoinette Martin Antoinette Martin
Michel Moulin Michel Moulin
Dorotea Brandin
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Storyline

In Lausanne, the aspirant pianist Jeanne Pollet has lunch with her mother Louise Pollet, her boyfriend Axel and his mother. Lenna leans that when she was born, a nurse had mistakenly told to the prominent pianist André Polonski that she would be his daughter. André has just remarried his first wife, the heiress of a Swiss chocolate factory Marie-Claire "Mika" Muller and they live in Lausanne with André's son Guillaume Polonski. Out of the blue, Jeanne visits André and he offers to give piano classes to help her in her examination. Jeanne becomes closer to André and sooner she discovers that Mika might be drugging her stepson with Rohypnol. Further, she might have killed his second wife Lisbeth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

25 October 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Merci pour le Chocolat See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,805, 16 August 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$443,238, 2 February 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In an interview about the film, Claude Chabrol said: "Perversity guides its adept (or its victim) to a form of relative solopsism that leads us to provide other examples of relative solopsism; that of the musician, for instance, with infinitely more benign consequences that are nonetheless real. We have tried to illustrate this idea by the slow dissolution of the most definite certainties of our society - here, filial descent, and so the family. The main aim is to get across the idea that all certainties melt away as the story progresses." See more »

Goofs

(at around 40 mins) When Mika is talking to Dr. Pollet in the hospital, two crew members feet and a cable (possibly the boom mic's cable) are visible moving - reflected on the side of table. This shot lasts for approx 50 seconds like this. See more »

Connections

References La nuit du carrefour (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Funérailles
de Franz Liszt
Par Claudio Arrau
Copyright Philips Classics
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The Fun is in the Details
22 October 2006 | by merlin-105See all my reviews

The plot may not be particularly clever, but watching Huppert's brilliant, tense, technically outstanding acting in the role of a woman in search of a nervous breakdown against Dutronc's nonchalant, understated, simmering portrayal of a seedy pillhead, seemingly oblivious to what's going on around him, is worth the price of admission and then some! Supporting characters are all excellent, though the young girl is a bit too wide-eyed for her own good. The movie is also fun to watch just for its use of color, clothing, and art as symbols, including allusions to earlier Huppert classics like "La Dentelliere". While this might not be Chabrol's masterpiece, it would be a good example for any young director to study how a veteran uses the elements of his craft most economically to greatest effect. As for actors: watch Isabelle Huppert's face in the close-up during the long, final shot -- there's a whole acting lesson right there. Not a perfect movie, but enjoyable to watch if you have a mind for such details.


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