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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.

Director:

Lasse Hallström

Writers:

Joanne Harris (novel), Robert Nelson Jacobs (screenplay)
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2,194 ( 616)
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfred Molina ... Comte de Reynaud
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Caroline Clairmont
Aurelien Parent Koenig Aurelien Parent Koenig ... Luc Clairmont (as Aurèlien Parent Koenig)
Antonio Gil ... Jean-Marc Drou (as Antonio Gil-Martinez)
Hélène Cardona ... Francoise 'Fuffi' Drou
Harrison Pratt Harrison Pratt ... Dedou Drou
Gaelan Connell ... Didi Drou
Élisabeth Commelin Élisabeth Commelin ... Yvette Marceau (as Elisabeth Commelin)
Ron Cook ... Alphonse Marceau
Guillaume Tardieu Guillaume Tardieu ... Baptiste Marceau
Hugh O'Conor ... Father Henri
John Wood ... Guillaume Blérot
Lena Olin ... Josephine Muscat
Peter Stormare ... Serge Muscat
Leslie Caron ... Madame Audel
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Storyline

When single mother Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her six-year-old daughter, Anouk (Victoire Thivisol) 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.

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A comic fable from the director of "The Cider House Rules". See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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This movie's Oscar campaign became the grounds for a major fight between Miramax Chairman Harvey Weinstein and reporter Lisa Schwarzbaum, when Schwarzbaum enraged Weinstein, and said that the studio had cheaply used the endorsement of Anti-Defamation League Chairman Abe Foxman (who praised this movie for its promotion of tolerance) as part of what she called a "P.T. Barnum" campaign. The dispute petered out when each side made vague apologies, and the movie did get several Oscar nominations. See more »

Goofs

When Vianne jumps in the water, she has gray stockings or leggings on that are not there when she comes out of the river. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Featured in Piché: entre ciel et terre (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Avoir un Bon Copain
(Ein Freund, ein guter Freund)
Music by Werner R. Heymann
German lyrics by Robert Gilbert
French lyrics by Jean Boyer
Performed by Henri Garat
Licensed Courtesy of BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
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Mmmm, Mmmm, Good!
18 August 2001 | by FigNewtonSee all my reviews

I had heard all the rave reviews, saw the number of Oscar nominations this flick received but still wasn't convinced it was a movie I'd like. I want to kick myself now for waiting this long to see it! Yes, I forsook the big screen for the video but I wasn't disappointed a bit.

Chocolat is a wonderful movie. It deals with real issues that people face. The characters are believable because they have flaws. They've got inward struggles which makes this film even better. It's a story of the human condition and how even deep prejudices can be overcome by the simple act of kindness and the willingness to strive for individuality.

I have to admit the only reason I wanted to watch this movie at first was because of Johnny Depp. I have to say I loved his performance as Roux. I wished the writers would've done more with his character but what we did get to feast on was incredible. Juliette Binoche was also incredible as Vianne and the chemistry between all the actors was great.

I would recommend Chocolat. If you haven't seen it, what are you waiting for? It's great to see there are still film makers out there that have a sense of humanity. Chocolat is all of that and more.

Chocolat was indeed Mmmm, Mmmm, good!!


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$157,624, 17 December 2000

Gross USA:

$71,509,363

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,699,946
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Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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