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Merci pour le Chocolat (2000)

Merci pour le chocolat (original title)
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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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, 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 »

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References La vie est un long fleuve tranquille (1988) See more »

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Family Saga Turns Chilling Horror Story
29 November 2005 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

I mostly went to see "Merci pour le chocolat" because I had never seen a Claude Chabrol movie, so I have no basis of comparison with his other work.

The veddy British subtitles called it "Night Cap" which is much less interesting and resonant of the movie's images than the title of the novel it's based on, "The Chocolate Web," which was written by Charlotte Armstrong, but seems very Ruth Rendellian.

Isabelle Huppert of course is never uninteresting to watch, though this is the second movie in a row where the poor woman had to play a successful, middle-aged career woman with a serious problem, as in "The Piano Teacher (La Pianiste)." Hmm, do the French have a problem with such women, making them so twisted?

The movie starts out like a family saga of family businesses and secrets; I even thought it was going to do for the chocolate industry what "Les Destinees sentimentales" did for the porcelain industry.

But gradually the relationships come together into a mystery that doesn't quite pay off but gives a few horror chills in the process.

(originally written 9/2/2002)


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