Drama | English and French with English subtitles | 121 minutes
Unwed mother, Vianne, and her young daughter, Anouk, blow into a tiny French town and rent a former patisserie. This concerns the stiff-necked mayor, Comte de Reynaud. He is determined the town maintain the Christian traditions of abstinence, penitence and moral righteousness. First Vianne refuses to attend church. Then Vianne shocks Reynaud with her decision that her shop will specialize in chocolates, not pastry; furthermore, it will open right at the start of the 40-day period of Lent. Splashed with color and Mayan ceramics, the elderly dowager, Armande, declares the shop an “early Mexican brothel.” To assist her Vianne hires Josephine, the long-suffering wife of the town’s boorish cafe owner. Soon, the townspeople discover that Vianne and her chocolates can miraculously reduce their suffering. When Roux, an Irish gypsy arrives in town with a ragtag guitar-strumming crew, Reynaud declares the situation a moral abomination and “something must be done.” But Vianne sees the arrival of Roux as something the town, and she, badly need
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 62%
- Metacritic Score: 64
Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role (Juliette Binoche); Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench); Best Original Score (Rachel Portman); Best Adapted Screenplay (Robert Nelson Jacobs)
Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical; Best Actress (Juliette Binoche); Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench); Best Original Score (Rachel Portman)
Screen Actors Guild Award: Winner, Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role (Judi Dench)
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CHOCOLAT is more than a delicious confection; it’s a richly textured comic fable that blends Old World wisdom with a winking, timely commentary on the assumed moral superiority of the political right. CHOCOLAT is generously laced with Lasse Hallstrom’s trademark observations on the limitless capacity of the human spirit.
CHOCOLAT is charming and whimsical and Binoche reigns as a serene and wise goddess.
CHOCOLAT is a work of artistry and craftsmanship at the highest level, sophisticated in its conception and execution, yet possessed of wide appeal.
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