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Chocolat (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 19 January 2001 (USA)
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A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Comte de Reynaud
... Caroline Clairmont
Aurelien Parent Koenig ... Luc Clairmont (as Aurèlien Parent Koenig)
... Jean-Marc Drou (as Antonio Gil-Martinez)
... Francoise 'Fuffi' Drou
Harrison Pratt ... Dedou Drou
... Didi Drou
Élisabeth Commelin ... Yvette Marceau (as Elisabeth Commelin)
... Alphonse Marceau
Guillaume Tardieu ... Baptiste Marceau
... Father Henri
... Guillaume Blérot
... Josephine Muscat
... Serge Muscat
... Madame Audel
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Storyline

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. Written by Anonymous

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One Taste Is All It Takes See more »

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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19 January 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chocolate  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$157,624, 17 December 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$71,509,363

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,190,583
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Josephine takes over her husband's café as her own, a foosball table is clearly visible. This foosball table is seen in an earlier scene as well. See more »

Goofs

When Vianne and Anouk first come down to see the River People, we hear Roux playing a guitar, but can't actually see him. Then, when the two finally see Roux, he's sitting right ahead of them, in front of a white screen, where no one was sitting the shot before, playing a guitar. See more »

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[first lines]
Storyteller: Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité - Tranquility.
[Sunday morning congregation sings]
Storyteller: If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you. You knew your place in the scheme of things. And if you happened to forget, someone would help remind you.
[wife kicks sleeping husband in pew]
Father Henri: The season of Lent is upon us. This is of course a time of abstinence. Hopefully also it's a time of ...
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Soundtracks

Minor Swing/They're Red Hot/Caravan
Produced and Arranged by Bob Last/Malcolm Ross
Guitars Johnny Depp/Malcolm Ross
Percussion Iain Stoddart (as Ian Stoddart)
Harmonium Malcolm Ross
Recorded at Finiflex Recording Studio, Edinburgh
Engineered by Robin Hickman & John Vick
Mixed by Nick Wollage at Air Studios, London
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Enjoyable comedy-drama directed by Lasse Hallström
6 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Beautiful movie from master-director Lasse Hallström (The Cider House Rules, The Shipping News, What's Eating Gilbert Grape) with wonderful performances by Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, and Hallström's wife Lena Olin. "Chocolat" is a very beautiful and touching movie about a single mother with a daughter who decides to open a "chocolaterie" in a very conservative village during Lent. What follows almost looks like a fairytale: the characters, the story, the music, the whole idea of an old conservative French village…

I liked the movie a lot. It has everything: a laugh, a cry, a wonderful story and some amazing acting performances. Juliette Binoche is made to play this kind of caring and sensitive women. Although Johnny Depp had a very small part in this movie, he was excellent as always. I personally think that Judi Dench gave one of her best performances in "Chocolat", truly great acting! Maybe not Hallström's best; I liked "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" and "The Cider House Rules" more; but certainly worth watching.

8/10


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