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Chocolat (2016)

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The rise and fall of the famous clown Chocolat, the first black circus performer who revolutionised the stagnant circus acts and conquered Paris of the Belle Époque with his exuberance and originality.

Director:

Roschdy Zem

Writers:

Cyril Gely (screenplay), Olivier Gorce (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Omar Sy ... Rafael Padilla dit Chocolat
James Thierrée James Thierrée ... George Footit dit Footit (as James Thiérrée)
Clotilde Hesme ... Marie Hecquet
Olivier Gourmet ... Joseph Oller
Frédéric Pierrot ... Théodore Delvaux
Noémie Lvovsky ... Yvonne Delvaux
Alice de Lencquesaing ... Camille
Alex Descas ... Victor
Olivier Rabourdin ... Firmin Gemier
Thibault de Montalembert Thibault de Montalembert ... Jules Moy
Héléna Soubeyrand ... Régina Badet
Xavier Beauvois ... Jacques Potin
Christophe Fluder Christophe Fluder ... Marval, le lilliputien (as Krystoff Fluder)
Antonin Maurel Antonin Maurel ... Le clown Ortis
Mick Holsbeke Mick Holsbeke ... Le clown Green
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Storyline

The life story of Rafael Padilla, a former slave in Cuba, who unexpectedly became a star clown in the Paris of the Belle Epoque. Discovered in a small country circus in the North of France by George Footit, a British clown and acrobat, he formed a successful duo with him, 'Footit and Chocolat'. For two decades, and despite conflicts between the two artists, Footit as the authoritarian white clown and Chocolat as the Auguste Black drudge filled crowds with enthusiasm. But nothing lasts forever and the glory of Chocolat, despite his high ambitions, started to decline until his premature death in 1917. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The true story of the first black artist.

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

In France the film had 1.68 million admissions in four weeks. See more »

Goofs

When leaving for Paris, Chocolat throws his bag on the carriage roof next to Footit's suitcase. In the city while walking up to Nouveau Cirque, Footit is carrying his suitcase but Chocolat's bag is strangely missing. See more »

Quotes

Rafael Padilla dit Chocolat: We don't play dice in Africa... We play with the bones of whites!
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fascinating
28 October 2019 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

First impression - one of many biographical films about well ignored cultural personalities. A sort of rehabilitation.

At the second view - the strange feeling about the resemblance of James Thierree and his grandfather.

Not the last - the fascination. About the performance of Omar Sy. About so familiar slices of racism and for the seductive way to tell a story about glory and about succes, about its high price and about acceptance, about love and fall . And, sure, about friendship.

Sure, it is not fundamental different by many other films about same theme. Its virtue- to be a film "with soul". And well acted. And wise mix of humor and bitterness.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 February 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chocolat See more »

Filming Locations:

Theuville, Val-d'Oise, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,291,827
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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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