Chocolat, 2000. Directed by Lasse Hallström. © Miramax.
Deceptively simple and still delicious like a Hershey’s kiss, Chocolat embodies a beguiling indulgence. Nomadic Vianne (Juliette Binoche) arrives in a sleepy French town with her daughter and vast knowledge of chocolate. She opens a chocolate shop where she spins plates to guess guests’ favorite confection. Her timing aligns with the town’s pious observance of Lent; thus, her presence is immediately interpreted as a slight to the religious town mayor Comte de Reynard (Alfred Molina). As Vianne nurtures relationships with town residents, the mayor actively campaigns for her failure. Director Lasse Hallstrom guides the story into a grounded fairytale about acceptance, nuance, and the joy of living.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, 2000, 121 minutes, PG-13.
Content Warning: This film contains potentially triggering content.
Tags: partial and full nudity, sex, blood, arson, profanity, excessive drinking, smoking, physical aggression and attack, and implied domestic abuse and violence
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