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Still of Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench in ChocolatStill of Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche in ChocolatSalma Hayek at event of ChocolatStill of Carrie-Anne Moss and Hélène Cardona in ChocolatStill of Alfred Molina and Hélène Cardona in ChocolatJuliette Binoche stars as Vianne


A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.3/10 (78,597 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Lasse Hallström

Stars: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina

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.

Writers: Joanne Harris, Robert Nelson Jacobs


Alfred Molina

Comte de Reynaud

Carrie-Anne Moss

Caroline Clairmont

Aurelien Parent Koenig

Luc Clairmont

(as Aurèlien Parent Koenig)

Antonio Gil

Jean-Marc Drou

(as Antonio Gil-Martinez)

Hélène Cardona

Francoise 'Fuffi' Drou

Harrison Pratt

Dedou Drou

Gaelan Connell

Didi Drou

Elisabeth Commelin

Yvette Marceau

Ron Cook

Alphonse Marceau

Guillaume Tardieu

Baptiste Marceau

Hugh O'Conor

Pere Henri

John Wood

Guillaume Blerot

Lena Olin

Josephine Muscat

Peter Stormare

Serge Muscat

Leslie Caron

Madame Audel

What do you see?


Official Website:
Bac Films [France] |

Release Date: 5 January 2001

Filming Locations: Bara Hall, Hayes, Middlesex, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000


Opening Weekend: $157,624
(17 December 2000)
(8 Screens)

Gross: $152,699,946

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Some of the extras used in the movie were from the town.


When Vianne takes the newspaper down from the shop window on the day it opens, the shots from the inside show the window covered in dust and cobwebs, while from the outside the window is clean and shining.


[first lines]

Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité – Tranquility. 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…

User Review

What a wise and beautiful movie!

Rating: 10/10

I saw Chocolat again last night. I had forgotten how lovely a movie it is!
People need stories like this these days.

Some other viewers have complained about the predictability of the plot. I
don't think it's any more predictable than an average Hollywood film; I
most action films much more predictable and shallow.

The most beautiful thing about the movie (as about Hallström movies
generally) is the wise, warm-hearted story about things that matter: love,
sincerity, tolerance, standing up for the things you believe are righteous
and good, and enjoying the simple pleasures in life, like a good dinner
friends, or like chocolate 🙂 And Hallström tells his stories so
in his very own style, with fine nuances and a twinkle of humour in his
Binoche, Dench, Depp, Molina, Thivisol etc. are fantastic.

I'm so glad I saw the movie. It always makes me think and feel a