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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 7, 2001
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Miramax Lionsgate
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary: Lasse Hallstrom - Director, David Brown - Producer, Kit Golden - Producer, Leslie Holleran - Producer
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- "The Making of CHOCOLAT"
- "The Costumes of CHOCOLAT"
- Production Design Featurette
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench & Johnny Depp|
|Performer:||Carrie-Anne Moss, Peter Stormare, John Wood, Leslie Caron, Lena Olin, Alfred Molina & Hugh O'Conor|
|Directed by||Lasse Hallström|
|Edited by||Andrew Mondshein|
|Screenwriting by||Robert Nelson Jacobs|
|Composition by||Rachel Portman|
|Produced by||Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran & David Brown|
|Director of Photography:||Roger Pratt|
|Executive Production by||Harvey Weinstein, Alan C. Blomquist, Meryl Poster & Bob Weinstein|
Rating: 2/4 -- Ultimately, especially coming from director Lasse Hallstrom, such a slight flick doubles as a fat disappointment. Full Review
Globe and Mail
...[CHOCOLAT has] many pleasures. It's often very funny and the town looks a treat, a sort of Neverneverland that lends the movie a fairytale quality...
Rating: B+ -- Most movies that criticize religion argue for the abolition of institutions. Chocolat suggests the problem lies in how people manipulate religion to get what they want.
Rating: 5/5 -- I've not had a film make me crave chockies so much since Willy Wonka. Full Review
Film Quips Online
...As fudge-y as advertised....[Binoche is] luscious...
Rating: 4/5 -- A sinfully scrumptious bonbon.
Watching Chocolat is like binging on a bottomless box of truffles: Tastes good and sweet at first, but after a while, you start feeling a little green.
It is the late 1950s, but it might as well be the late 1850s in a small French town where everyone behaves as they should (supposedly), and attends church regularly. When a strong North wind blows through town, it brings the vivacious and mysterious Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol). Vianne is soon the talk of the town: an unwed mother who declines to go to church and opens up a chocolate shop in the midst of Lent. Her good-natured, honorable personality and psychic ability (she can predict what kind of sweets best suit each person, and magically cures each of them of their particular maladies) make her as irresistible as her delectable treats. However, Vianne and her daughter are resented by the conservative mayor, the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), and by the pious Caroline (Carrie-Anne Moss), who has disowned her own spirited mother (Judi Dench, who plays Vianne's landlady), refusing the elderly woman access to her beloved grandson.This touching fairy tale, based on the novel by Joanne Harris, was filmed on location in rural France. An intelligent, exquisitely filmed fable that deals with the idea of 20th Century paganism rising up against a closed-minded church and a persevering aristocracy, CHOCOLAT is enjoyable, romantic, and entertaining, with affecting performances by both its stars and its supporting actors (Lena Olin and Johnny Depp.)
- Theatrical release: December 15, 2000 (NY).
- CHOCOLAT was filmed in France and in Shepperton, England.
- Actress Lena Olin is married to director Lasse Hallström.
- Paul Clinton of CNN.com named CHOCOLAT one of the 10 best films of 2000.
- Robert Nelson Jacobs won the Best Adapted Screenplay award of 2000 from the San Diego Film Critics Society.
- According to Mitchell Fink of the New York Daily News, Vice President Al Gore saw the film and told Miramax head Harvey Weinstein, "What inspired me about the film is how it infuses a spirit of tolerance with the joy of life. And tolerance, of course, is a message that is especially important for our times."
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