ChocolatJanuary 5, 2001
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
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
Comte de Reynaud
Aurelien Parent Koenig
(as Aurèlien Parent Koenig)
(as Antonio Gil-Martinez)
Francoise 'Fuffi' Drou
What do you see?
Bac Films [France] |
Release Date: 5 January 2001
Filming Locations: Bara Hall, Hayes, Middlesex, England, UK
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $157,624
(17 December 2000)
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.
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…
What a wise and beautiful movie!
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