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Chocolat (2016)

The rise and fall of the famous clown Chocolat, the first black circus performer who revolutionised the stagnant circus acts and conquered Paris of the Belle Époque with his exuberance and originality.

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George Footit dit Footit (as James Thiérrée)
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Victor
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Firmin Gemier
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Jules Moy
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Régina Badet
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Jacques Potin
Christophe Fluder ...
Marval, le lilliputien (as Krystoff Fluder)
Antonin Maurel ...
Le clown Ortis
Mick Holsbeke ...
Le clown Green
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Storyline

The life story of Rafael Padilla, a former slave in Cuba, who unexpectedly became a star clown in the Paris of the Belle Epoque. Discovered in a small country circus in the North of France by George Footit, a British clown and acrobat, he formed a successful duo with him, 'Footit and Chocolat'. For two decades, and despite conflicts between the two artists, Footit as the authoritarian white clown and Chocolat as the Auguste Black drudge filled crowds with enthusiasm. But nothing lasts forever and the glory of Chocolat, despite his high ambitions, started to decline until his premature death in 1917. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The true story of the first black artist.

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Biography | Drama

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3 February 2016 (France)  »

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Monsieur Chocolat  »

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$18,500,000 (estimated)
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French visa # 141419. See more »

Quotes

Rafael Padilla dit Chocolat: We don't play dice in Africa... We play with the bones of whites!
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Enthralling
21 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

Monsieur Chocolat takes you on a black man and his clown mentor's journey at the turn of the 20th Century.

Visually sumptuous, the film invites you to suspend your 21st-century habits and venture back into a time when everything was slower. Everything was tougher too though, depending on the cards you had been dealt in life.

If you allow yourself to enter this sometimes magical and sometimes scary world, you will be seduced by the rhythm and pace of the story as it unfolds and moved by the resilience of the human spirit.

The hard and soft edges of humanity stay with you long after you leave the cinema.


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