Miramax Films | Release Date: December 15, 2000
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BohdanM.kJun 3, 2008
Fantastic movie. Absolutely fantastic. But, have to agree, it's not for all, as some say that it's an acquired, has a bitter kick, or is a little vapid. The film uses these characteristics as tools, and, when allowed, is a Fantastic movie. Absolutely fantastic. But, have to agree, it's not for all, as some say that it's an acquired, has a bitter kick, or is a little vapid. The film uses these characteristics as tools, and, when allowed, is a marvelous, beautiful, and mesmerizing in its plot, acting, and setting. Love it. Expand
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StevenFJan 2, 2013
Much like the chilli flavoured chocolate of the film, this effort from director Lasse Hallström is an acquired taste, not everyone will appreciate it.
Set in a small village in 1950's France, Chocolat tells the story of Vianne Rocher,
Much like the chilli flavoured chocolate of the film, this effort from director Lasse Hallström is an acquired taste, not everyone will appreciate it.
Set in a small village in 1950's France, Chocolat tells the story of Vianne Rocher, played by the impressive Juliette Binoche, who was "blown in" to this small village along with her small daughter Anouk. Everybody does what is expected of them in this place, which in this instance is going to church and being greeted at the threshold by the fluid charm of Alfred Molina"s Comte de Reynaud, who maintains the routine and predictability of the residents. When the new visitors decide to open a Chocolaterie entitled "La Chocolaterie Maya" much to the dismay of Molina. Not quite as sinister as we would later see him in Ron Howards "Da Vinci Code" but certainly a man with a saddled heart who normally gets what he wants.
What ensues can only be described as Mary Poppins and Willy Wonka's lovechild, as Rocher has the charm and sophistication of Poppins but the unpredictable whims of Wonka. Was this an independant attempt at showing real life heroes? Who knows, but the almost supernatural persona of Rocher certainly leaves us to ponder what exactly she intends to do in this not so special French town.. there is the familiar tale of the village people being transformed from tradition by a mysterious outsider, but an uplifting and throughly enjoyable one that. One cannot review this film without mentioning the roles of Judi Dench and Johnny Depp in support, Dench playing a miserable and pessimistic landlady and Depp a charming, Irish (yes, Irish) "river rat". For their limited screen time, they create magical scenes that only stars of their caliber can muster. So were the Oscar nominations necessary? Yes, this films plays on emotions that people only feel in the simplest of occurrences, for instance, eating chocolate, and must films strike the chords of millions through violence or what not? Chocolat proves that light hearted humour and simple happy gestures can create a heartfelt film with an excellent cast and a beautiful landscape. Much like how the film plays out, eat up this delight of a film and don't regret it, don't think for once that the temptation is too much, it never is.
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Iky009Jan 6, 2014
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SpangleJun 28, 2016
Sweet, sentimental, and easy to digest, Chocolat is a thoroughly charming film with a fantastic starring performance from Juliette Binoche. Though the film's villain can be a little much at times and thoroughly over-the-top, the film'sSweet, sentimental, and easy to digest, Chocolat is a thoroughly charming film with a fantastic starring performance from Juliette Binoche. Though the film's villain can be a little much at times and thoroughly over-the-top, the film's mythical and whimsical foundation allows me to write this off. While the film does not present much in terms of uniqueness or challenge to viewers, Chocolat is a thoroughly pleasant experiences that is good, but not my favorite. That said, the acting really does elevate it as Binoche does quite well and Johnny Deep turns in a typical young Johnny Depp charismatic role. Overall, Chocolat is sweet and sentimental, but may prove a little rich to those expecting something more grounded in realism. Expand
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Liv1Dec 25, 2016
It is a magic movie. It is well done and the story in interesting, original and make you continue to watch. It is a movie not in Hollywood style, but magical and much recommended.
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The3AcademySinsNov 2, 2019
While a little corny and a little dated, I found myself enjoying Chocolat quite a bit! The strong performances from the ensemble cast, a really clever script, and an unwavering directorial vision from Lasse Halstrom really make this film anWhile a little corny and a little dated, I found myself enjoying Chocolat quite a bit! The strong performances from the ensemble cast, a really clever script, and an unwavering directorial vision from Lasse Halstrom really make this film an enjoyable watch. It's sentimental, thought-provoking, and endlessly charming.

The themes of Chocolat are actually surprisingly deep. The themes about being an outsider and how the word of God is interpreted by man really resonated with me. The way chocolate is presented is also incredibly fascinating and aesthetically pleasing!

A lot of Chocolat, however, tends to drag a lot. The soundtrack is also incredibly uninspired and lackluster. It sometimes leans into the sentimentality a little too much, which tends to slow the action down even more. However, I definitely do not regret watching this movie at all, and I will most likely watch it again!
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WerothegreatMay 21, 2011
A movie as delicious as its namesake - I want to eat it up over and over again. The message is also one with which I couldn't agree more: give in to temptation - there's no such thing as sin. In moderation, of course.
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SharonG.Nov 26, 2008
What a great film. It was light and mysterious and warming. It does what a movie like this should do, wrap you up in entertainment on a ill-weathered day. Drinking hot cocoa is a must!
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MovieGuysMay 16, 2014
Chocolat is a gooey religious morality piece set in the beautiful French countryside. It's theme shine bright, and at times the movie can be an allegory for indulgence and human decency. It may get too soft for it's own good at times, but theChocolat is a gooey religious morality piece set in the beautiful French countryside. It's theme shine bright, and at times the movie can be an allegory for indulgence and human decency. It may get too soft for it's own good at times, but the movie knows when to pick itself back up. Expand
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MisterLucaJul 26, 2014
Chocolat is charming, enchanted fable with a wonderful perfomance gived by the Academy-Award winning french actress from The English Patient, Juliette Binoche; Chocolat is a touching masterpiece by the swedish film director Lasse Hallstrom. AChocolat is charming, enchanted fable with a wonderful perfomance gived by the Academy-Award winning french actress from The English Patient, Juliette Binoche; Chocolat is a touching masterpiece by the swedish film director Lasse Hallstrom. A great cast, a great work, a great film! Chocolat is full of love and charm! Expand
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amheretojudgeMay 5, 2018
well you have never had it, then..

Chocolat The origin of the bonding between the consumer and a businessman is depicted with practicality and addition to that is kept alive with genuine chemistry that is visible among these pragmatic
well you have never had it, then..

Chocolat

The origin of the bonding between the consumer and a businessman is depicted with practicality and addition to that is kept alive with genuine chemistry that is visible among these pragmatic characters. A smart adaptation by Robert Jacob Nelson allows enough range and room to each individual characters that values the stake and tension among them. Lasse Hallstrom has done a great work on executing this eerie world as anticipated by the writer. And on performance level, Juliette Benoit carries it off all on her shoulder with a great supporting cast like Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Carrie Ann Moss and Alfred Molina. Chocolat takes its time on setting the stage but still feels like of appropriate pace that communicates with the audience through stellar performance.
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ahmedaiman1999Apr 10, 2020
It tastes so familiar, it's rough around the edges and it's stuffed with sugar rather than being coated with it. That said, its pure dark chocolate coating and vintage cover made it an irresistible treat.

Seriously though, I thought this is
It tastes so familiar, it's rough around the edges and it's stuffed with sugar rather than being coated with it. That said, its pure dark chocolate coating and vintage cover made it an irresistible treat.

Seriously though, I thought this is going to be an overly-sentimental romance film but it turned out to be a heart-warming, whimsical and charming fairy-tale like story that has something of Oscar Wilde about it. And on top of that, Juliette Binoche delivered a fantastic performance here.

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