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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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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 30 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 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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Taglines:

One Taste Is All It Takes 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 January 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chocolate See more »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Sous les Toits de Paris
Music by Raoul Moretti
Lyrics by René Nazelles
Performed by Maurice Alexander
Published by Salabert Soc/Ascherberg Hopwood & Crew Limited
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Limited
Courtesy of ASV Living Era
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What a wise and beautiful movie!
16 February 2004 | by mir-teSee all my reviews

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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