Movie Review - Chocolat (2000 - United States)
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.
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.
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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
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Judi Dench - Armande Voizin
Alfred Molina - Comte de Reynaud
Peter Stormare - Serge Muscat
Carrie-Anne Moss - Caroline Clairmont
Leslie Caron - Madame Audel