Thursday, April 14, 2011

Chocolat (2000) [PG-13] ****

The unyielding morality of a small, rural French town is strained when single mother Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) arrives with her young daughter Anouk early in 1959, just as Lent begins. Across the town square from the church, Vianne opens Chocolaterie Maya, featuring exotic chocolates made from pre-Columbian Mayan recipes. Vianne’s special gift is to be able to guess each customer’s favorite, and as she gradually wins over the townspeople, the rigid mayor Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina) believes he’s in a battle with the Devil for their souls, and he enlists his young priest Pere Henri (Hugh O'Conor) to get his message across.

This delightful, character-driven, romantic comedy-drama features an outstanding supporting cast including Judi Dench and Carrie-Anne Moss as an estranged mother and daughter, Lena Olin who takes refuge with Vianne and learns the craft of chocolate making, and Johnny Depp as Roux, a gypsy who lives on the river in a houseboat. If you’ve forgotten how sensual, decadent and delicious chocolate, in all its forms, can be, Chocolat will reawaken those memories.

Labels: comedy, drama, food, romance
Internet Movie Database
Metacritic 64/100
Tomatometer (critics=63, viewers=83)

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