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Movie Review - Chocolat (2000 - United States)

Updated on July 17, 2012

A delight in every way!

This movie is beautiful, charming and a delight to the senses. It tells a magical story about the transformational potential of creativity, passion and sensual awareness.

Free spirit Vivienne (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol) blow into a tiny French village tightly controlled by an emotionally repressed and repressive mayor on a "fickle wind" and immediately begin breaking rules.

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Life--and love--win against repression and fear.

The status quo fights against change, and the visionary outsiders (Binoche and Johnny Depp as the sexy-beyond-words gypsy, Roux), create beauty and love as effortlessly as breathing in and out.

It is lovingly shot, with a rich, textural canvas that is built from the everyday objects of the village--stone, plaster, a river--and the innovations Vivienne adds--the silken seduction of chocolate, the heat of chili, and the extraordinary sculpture she builds from both.

Highly recommended.

Copyright © Roberta Lee 2012. All rights reserved.

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Genre: Comedy, Romance

PG-13, 2 hr. 1 min.

Directed By: Lasse Hallström

Written By: Robert Nelson Jacobs

In Theaters: Dec 15, 2000

On DVD: Aug 7, 2001

Box Office:$71.3M



Juliette Binoche - Vianne Rocher

Lena Olin - Josephine Muscat

Johnny Depp - Roux

Judi Dench - Armande Voizin

Alfred Molina - Comte de Reynaud

Peter Stormare - Serge Muscat

Carrie-Anne Moss - Caroline Clairmont

Leslie Caron - Madame Audel


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    • DIYmyOmy profile image

      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Do you have a favorite movie in which the creation of food plays a large part in the story? If so, please use the Comment box to let me know......

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Yes, I think Hersey's chocolate should include a free dvd of this movie in every box--it's sure to make you buy a *second* box!

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      hildred 5 years ago from Oregon, USA

      It's impossible to watch this movie without wanting to eat a pound of chocolate afterwards. Haven't watched it in forever, but now I have the urge to, that's for sure. Thanks for the hub!

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      DIYmyOmy 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Wow, thanks! I agree, the movie does have some slow moments, yet it remains one of my all-time favorites.

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      Carl 5 years ago

      I love this movie! It's very slow moving at times, but it's still a must see. Thanks for this, great job keep up the great work. Voted Up, Useful, Awesome, and Interesting.