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Blood and Chocolate (2007)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 26 January 2007 (USA)
A young teenage werewolf is torn between honoring her family's secret and her love for a man.

Director:

Katja von Garnier

Writers:

Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Christopher Landon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Agnes Bruckner ... Vivian
Hugh Dancy ... Aiden
Olivier Martinez ... Gabriel
Katja Riemann ... Astrid
Bryan Dick ... Rafe
Chris Geere ... Ulf
Tom Harper ... Gregor
John Kerr John Kerr ... Finn
Jack Wilson Jack Wilson ... Willem
Vitalie Ursu Vitalie Ursu ... Constani
Bogdan Voda Bogdan Voda ... Albu
Kata Dobó ... Beatrice
Rodica Mandache Rodica Mandache ... Mrs. Bellagra
Sandu Mihai Gruia Sandu Mihai Gruia ... Pharmacist (as Sandu Gruia)
Helga Racz Helga Racz ... Young Vivian
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Storyline

In Bucharest, Romania, the orphan Vivian was raised by her aunt after losing her parents ten years ago in the Rocky Mountains, Colorado. Her family belongs to a bloodline of werewolves and Vivian is promised to the leader of the pack, Gabriel. When the American cartoonist Aiden, who is researching werewolves for his publisher for the next edition of his magazine, meets Vivian, they immediately fall in love for each other. However, the evil son of Gabriel and Vivian's cousin Rafe poisons Gabriel about the love of Vivian, forcing her to choose between her bounds with her family and her passion for Aiden. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Everyone has two lives. The one we show the world. And the one that was never meant to be seen. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence/terror, some sexuality and substance abuse | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

USA | UK | Germany | Romania

Language:

English | Romanian

Release Date:

26 January 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blood & Chocolate See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,074,300, 28 January 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,525,161, 23 March 2007
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS (Digital DTS Sound)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Author Annette Curtis Klause was not kept up to date by the producers of the film. She had to find the information about the filming on the Web. See more »

Quotes

Astrid: We're all lost souls Vivian,
[pause]
Astrid: at least we're lost together.
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Connections

Featured in HypaSpace: Episode #6.20 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Cash Machine
Written by Rich Archer (as Richard Archer)
Performed by Hard-Fi
Courtesy of Rhino UK
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Surprisingly Good
11 July 2007 | by sewiltzSee all my reviews

"Blood and Chocolate" is a surprisingly good movie. I was expecting it to be some terrible, low-budget horror-wannabe movie in the vain of "Dracula II: Ascension," "The Prophecy: Uprising," and "The Prophecy: Forsaken". Instead, "Blood and Chocolate" was a well-done film. This movie was nearly pitch-perfect. The acting, set design, score, cinematography and story were nothing short of wonderful.

Olivier Martinez gave an outstanding performance in what could have been a clichéd role. His portrayal of Gabriel was multi-dimensional and none of his screen-time was wasted. He brought all of the elements together as leader, father, and lover (even though there are no sex scenes, he is constantly smoldering with an animal rapacity). He gave a credible performance, especially in light of Gabriel's fate. (I also enjoyed his commentary on the DVD. He is a very thoughtful and funny person.) Agnes Bruckner's portrayal of Vivian was well done. Her acting was not robotic. Vivian's nature is pent-up and bland; she has no outlet for her inner turmoil other than running, and according to the rules of the pack, she must not form close relationships with humans. It is important to remember that this character is not the same as Selene from "The Underworld" series who seethes with vengeful ferocity even while she's strapping up her bustier. Hugh Dancy was adorable and believable; which is always a difficult feat in the role of romantic interest. Also, in the character of Aiden, the filmmakers were able to acknowledge their respect of the loup garoux storyline; they were practically screaming, "This is not some cheesy werewolf story!" Katje Riemann and Bryan Dick also gave nuanced performances as Astrid and Rafe. (The movie suffered from trimming Astrid's storyline. I strongly recommend watching the deleted scenes on the DVD. I think the fate of Astrid's storyline was the result of studio executives wanting to focus on the two younger characters more, but ultimately that decision hurt the overall movie.)

The soundtrack was nothing short of amazing! In my opinion, it suited this movie perfectly. The percussion was not overdone, nor were the synthesizers. Each drumbeat not only heightened the excitement, but also helped to intertwine the dual nature of the loup garoux (human and wolf). I felt it as if it were the quickening pulse of the loup garoux giving in to their wolf nature. I think the decision to stay away from gypsy music (which I love) was a good one. The synthesized music was good and helped to the ground the story in youth and freshness, rather than some overwrought Romanian folklore manner.

On the dual nature of the loup garoux, the transition from human to wolf was beautiful. I loved the notion of the "leap of faith" involved in the transformation and the mythical element of that transformation. Also, the coloring of the loup garoux eyes were spot on. The respect of the transformation from human to wolf translated to the great execution of this premise. The entire story could have been a cliché since the story is mostly "Romeo and Juliet" for the loup garoux set, but it was well-done and well worth watching.

"Blood and Chocolate" had a few missteps. Nothing in the movie makes this title appropriate, other than a short, barely-audible line by Astrid. Not until visiting this web site was I aware that the movie was an adaptation of a book. Whatever occurred in the novel to make "Blood and Chocolate" a suitable title was omitted from the screenplay and the movie suffered for it. As I have stated, Astrid's storyline should have remained intact in the film. My final criticism is that the story is so well-done, I would have liked to have seen an R-rated version of the movie. Meaning, I would love to have seen an even more serious treatment of this story. My understanding is that the novel is geared toward pre-teens which explains the light treatment of the storyline.

I highly recommend "Blood and Chocolate" to anyone looking for an interesting and well-crafted film.


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