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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
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Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité - Tranquility.
[Sunday morning congregation sings]
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]
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Chocolat gives new meaning to one of my favorite film phrases eye
As the title would suggest it is a very sweet film, and not only for the
gobs and gobs of luscious, mouthwatering, little morsels. There are parts
of the film that look like they could belong to a particularly delectable
episode of `Martha Stewart Living', but if you can get past the pangs of
hunger it will certainly inflict, you will find there is a lot more to this
seemingly charming and simple story.
The film plays in the style of all whimsical children's fairy tales,
while at the same time blending in a series of very serious adult themes.
It chronicles the exploits of single mother Vianne Rocher, played as usual
to a wonderful effect by Juliette Binoche, and her sugary but confused
6-year-old daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol), who blow in on a forceful
winter wind to the small rural French town of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes.
they open a small chocolate shop. Now this seems innocent enough but the
people of the town have different views. For one the shop has been opened
at the very unwelcomed time of Lent (a religious fast), during which new
temptations certainly aren't invited. Secondly the town's new residents
refuse to attend the Sunday morning worship service. Vianne soon finds
herself to be the center of the town gossip and distaste, led by the mayor
(Alfred Molina). The battle heats up between allegedly pagan Vianne, and
the highly conservative, stuffed-shirt townspeople. At start it seems the
Rochers are losing, but the fight soon turns as the townsfolk begin to
discover the mouth-melting effects of Vianne's wonderful taste-teasing
Misadventure after misadventure occur as the couple come in contact with
a wide array of colorful characters (just when you think he must be an
in comes Johnny Depp), solving their problems while at the same time
their chocolates. The moral is left fairly open, and can be interpreted in
many ways. My personal views are these: That to be good and righteous,
doesn't mean you can't be different, you should accept everyone, not
necessarily for who they are, but for what they are, human beings.
deserves a proper chance. In the end all characters realize the error of
their ways and live together happily and harmoniously.
Chocolat has opened to mixed reviews. Some critics find it to be overly
simple, but I think that it is the movie's simplicity that drives it to
become so charmingly enthralling. Granted at times it does become at bit
silly, but it all ends to a good warm effect. Apparently the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences share my views as the film was nominated
for five academy awards, Best Picture, Best Actress (Binoche), Best
Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original
Chocolat is a mouthwatering piece of movie magic. Definitely worth a
look! It has it's flaws but they are easily covered up by it's great
performances (particularly by Binoche), beautiful scenery, giddy musical
score, and delightful story. Oh, and those wonderful chocolates.
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