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
The film'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 the film 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 film did get several Oscar nominations. See more »
When Roux enters Serge's shop at first with the little girl, it films her hair, which is neat, straight and glossy. Yet when Serge says he doesn't "serve animals", it films the girl again, and suddenly her hair is totally messed up and tangled. See more »
Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité - Tranquility.
[Sunday morning congregation sings]
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]
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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I saw Chocolat again last night. I had forgotten how lovely a movie it is! People need stories like this these days.
Some other viewers have complained about the predictability of the plot. I don't think it's any more predictable than an average Hollywood film; I find most action films much more predictable and shallow.
The most beautiful thing about the movie (as about Hallström movies generally) is the wise, warm-hearted story about things that matter: love, sincerity, tolerance, standing up for the things you believe are righteous and good, and enjoying the simple pleasures in life, like a good dinner with friends, or like chocolate :) And Hallström tells his stories so delicately, in his very own style, with fine nuances and a twinkle of humour in his eye. Binoche, Dench, Depp, Molina, Thivisol etc. are fantastic.
I'm so glad I saw the movie. It always makes me think and feel a lot.
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