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Chocolat (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 19 January 2001 (USA)
A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

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When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for a scene of sensuality and some violence | See all certifications »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$157,624 (USA) (15 December 2000)

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$71,309,760 (USA) (22 June 2001)
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The film's Oscar campaign became the grounds for a major fight between Miramax Chairman Harvey Weinstein and reporter Lisa Schwarzbaum, when Schwarzbaum enraged Weinstein, and said that the studio had cheaply used the endorsement of Anti-Defamation League Chairman Abe Foxman (who praised the film for its promotion of tolerance) as part of what she called a "P.T. Barnum" campaign. The dispute petered out when each side made vague apologies, and the film did get several Oscar nominations. See more »

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When Roux enters the chocolate shop the first time, Vianne hands him a chocolate to try. As he is eating the first bite, the camera changes angles and we see that the chocolate has been completely eaten. See more »

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[first lines]
Storyteller: Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité - Tranquility.
[Sunday morning congregation sings]
Storyteller: If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you. You knew your place in the scheme of things. And if you happened to forget, someone would help remind you.
[wife kicks sleeping husband in pew]
Father Henri: The season of Lent is upon us. This is of course a time of abstinence. Hopefully also it's a time of ...
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Trois Gnossiennes
Written by Erik Satie
Arranged by Ronald Corp
Performed by New London Orchestra/Ronald Corp
Courtesy of Hyperion Records
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What a wise and beautiful movie!
16 February 2004 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

I saw Chocolat again last night. I had forgotten how lovely a movie it is! People need stories like this these days.

Some other viewers have complained about the predictability of the plot. I don't think it's any more predictable than an average Hollywood film; I find most action films much more predictable and shallow.

The most beautiful thing about the movie (as about Hallström movies generally) is the wise, warm-hearted story about things that matter: love, sincerity, tolerance, standing up for the things you believe are righteous and good, and enjoying the simple pleasures in life, like a good dinner with friends, or like chocolate :) And Hallström tells his stories so delicately, in his very own style, with fine nuances and a twinkle of humour in his eye. Binoche, Dench, Depp, Molina, Thivisol etc. are fantastic.

I'm so glad I saw the movie. It always makes me think and feel a lot.


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