Chocolat: The Sweetest Drama You’ve ever Seen

A little chocolate never killed nobody: Lasse Hallström’s feel-good drama about a chocolate shop that shakes up the tranquille life of a french small town is still as sweet as it was when it came out 16 years ago. Here’s why you should indulge yourself to watch it…

What’s it about? A woman (Juliette Binoche) and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the tranquilité of the community.

What’s it really about? A little self-indulgence is the key to a happy life.

Pick if:

  • You love chocolate and other sweets: Viane’s lush treats will make your mouth water for some delicious pralines
  • You like french films such as 8 Femmes and Amélie. Although Chocolat is an English language film, it mirrors the tone and visual style of the aforementioned.
  • You’re looking for a sweet drama to watch with your family

    Roux and his kindred are not welcome in the village
  • You’re looking for an empowering film to watch with your girlfriends: first and foremost, Chocolat is a story about a group of remarkable women, each of whom has their own personal struggle. Restless and free-spirited Viane, who opens a chocolate shop in a devout french town during lent; Amande, a diabetic who loves life and chocolate; Caroline, her daughter who has been embittered by the loss of her husband and is now smothering her young son for fear of losing him, too; and Josephine, a docile soul and wife who finds herself empowered by Viane’s courage and defiance
  • You’ve ever been hard on yourself or others because of their “indecent” lifestyle
  • You enjoy films about propriety such as Pleasantville, or Mona Lisa Smile
  • You’re interested in seeing Johnny Depp play the guitra while rocking a braid

Most memorable scene: Viane takes in a bruised and battered Josephine after she has finally walked out on her abusive husband. She then teaches her the art of making truffles and pralines.

Most memorable quote:

Roux: I should warn you, you make friends with us, you make enemies of others.
Viane: Is that a promise?

Where can I watch? Chocolat is included in the Amazon flatrate and available for streaming on Maxdome as well as Netflix Norway, Sweden, Finland, UK, Ireland, France, Argentina, Mexico, Portugal, Brazil, Colombia.

Chocolat (2000): Directed by Lasse Hallström (What’s eating Gilbert Grape?); 121mins; Juliette Binoche (The Clouds of Sils Maria), Judy Dench (Iris), Alfred Molina (Angie Tribeca), Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Carribbean), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Lena Olin (Alias).


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