Chocolat (DVD, 2001)
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- dragonflycottag...Apr 08, 2016by
Good chick flick
Real good to watch, Judy Dench and Jonny Depp are wonderful the whole story line is great. Good Easter movie in away.
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- magnumgrlSep 14, 2014by
Wonderfully inspirational. A tale to be told!
A wonderful story about the acceptance of something different and having the strength to stand on your own. Johnny Depp(Roux) plays the part of a river drifting man who together with Juliette Binoche(Vianne) touch the lives of the people in this small French village. A decadent chocolate inspired journey of friendships, temptations and happiness.
- missladybug36Aug 01, 2015by
Fun movie !
I love this movie also for watching with a guy too date night movie. Not too girly but has cute humor for grown ups to get a laugh out of. :) I love this movie I had as a VHS So glad that they put on DVD! I just love this movie!
- mintex03Aug 20, 2012by
Chocolat (DVD, 2001)
Very much a made for a European market movie, Chocolat, is sure to enjoy. A mysterious woman and her child literally "blow into town on a North wind. It could just as easily been 1850, but it is the 1950's instead. Juliette Binoche plays the lead as an unwed mother who opens a chocolat shoppe across from the church in a small French town at the height of Lent! All of the local "Holier than thou" and "Better than you" are horrified! Not just because the chocolat is so sweet and decadent, or even that it is Lent, but because the "all-seeing Miseur le Count" says it is sinful and bad, and nobody has the courage to go up against the Aristocrats who still rule in Europe. Heck, he even bullies the local priest as to what he preaches on Sunday in church. In reality, he is a bitter old man who's wife went on vacation to Italy long ago and has never come back.
Not everyone is totally intimidated by the Count. Judy Dench is Juliette's landlord and they soon become fast friends. Her daughter and grandson don't have anything to do with her because she doesn't subscribe to their BS, which is the same as what is preached by the Count. Her grandson is a nice child, and he sneaks to the chocolat shop just to see her. With her strange knack of reading people, Juliette manages to select the right chocolat for each person, and they all secretly come and go avoiding that anyone else know. She is in many ways like a Pied-Piper leading the population into not being afraid to live their own lives without intimidation.
Johnny Depp is the leader of a band of river people, like Gypsies, who come down the river one day. Just like Juliette, they are not the "Right Kind of People" either, you know, so-called pick-pockets, thieves, and fortune-tellers. Juliette and Johnny become an item. In their own ways, they both work miracles on the towns people leading them out of the "Dark Ages" and into the Twentieth Century. One of the people liberated by Juliette was Lena Olin who was the battered wife of a local man. Under the "Old" system of fear, she had for years lived under the dictatorship of her abusive husband, but with Juliette's confidence, she breaks free and is liberated.
Having transformed everyone in the town in some singular way, the chocolat shop is now run by Lena Olin and seemingly, just like she arrived, one day she and her daughter are gone on another wind. This is an enjoyable film.Read full review
- tenaciousblonde...Dec 29, 2014by
Excellent story and acting...very romantic and beautifully filmed. It's funny and it will make you cry too! My teenage boy loved it too!