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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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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, director Claude Chabrol stated that he was applying techniques which Alfred Hitchcock used even without realizing it. 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 vie est un long fleuve tranquille (1988) See more »

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Par Claudio Arrau
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Like a soap opera laced with poison
8 February 2004 | by Glenn AndreievSee all my reviews

Sometimes a comedic story idea could make for an emotionally engrossing thriller instead. Such is the case with MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT. Chabrol turns what would be a situation comedy plot into a compelling thriller about failed relationships. A respected pianist Andre Polonski (Jacques Dutronc) figures that a maternity ward mishap caused him and his wife, Marie (Isabelle Hubbert) a chocolate manufacturer, to raise the wrong child.

Their college age `son', Guillaume, actually belongs to somebody else. Andre's real child seems to be Jeanne, (Anna Maoglalis) a lovely piano student. Jeanne and her boyfriend, a medical lab intern, are trying to figure out what poison will do some undetected dirty work (Chabrol originally studied to be a pharmacist) Chabrol started his career in the 1950's co-authoring well respected essays on Alfred Hitchcock with fellow countryman and future director Eric Rohmer. Unlike DePalma with his very obvious `Hey, hey look, what Hitchcock film is my scene copied from?' Chabrol wisely keeps his Hitchcock copying to a minimum with subtle Hitchcock styled camera movement. Instead of celebrating `technical innovation', Chabrol uses his camera to keep us gazing at the film's characters.


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