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Chocolat

drama, romance


Chocolate is the beautiful and captivating comedy from the acclaimed director of the Cider House Rules! Nobody could have imagined the impact that the striking Vianne(Binoche) would make when she arrived in a tranquil, old-fashioned French town.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    63%
  • Audience Score
    83%

common sense

ON for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
2 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Fabulous French fairy tale and romance for teens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Chocolat contains positive messages about acceptance, living life to the fullest, and love. It also contains some sexual content (including a quick glimpse of partial buttocks) and discussions of illegitimacy. Domestic violence is a theme, and there are images of a physical attack, a bloody wound, and a frightening fire. A character dies peacefully. There are some occasional salty words ("hell," "damn," "piss"), and drinking (wine, spirits) is visible.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the messages of the movie. Who is happy in this movie and who is not? What do you think the movie's message is about happiness? What else are the filmmakers trying to express?
  • What do you think about the priest's conclusion that we are judged by what we do and those we embrace rather than by what we stay away from and those we exclude?
  • Families might also want to talk about what some of the names mean in English. For example, reynaud means fox and roux is the base that holds a souffl together.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    63%
    reviews counted: 27
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  • Audience

    83%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Alexander Walker, This is London, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: Suffers from disparate elements.

- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, December 22, 2000

Rotten: If this movie were part of an assortment in a chocolate box, I wouldn't spit it into my napkin. But I wouldn't reach for it a second time, either.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Thursday, December 21, 2000

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Chocolat is a much better film than I?d expected it to be, a small town ruled by religion who?s inhabitants refrain from sin and are expected to refrain from the temptations. A very enjoyable performance from Juliette Binoche, who truly carries this film and is of course the centre point of the story, this is by far the best of her filmography from those I?ve seen to date. Worry not Johnny Depp fans, whilst he doesn?t enter the film until a good way through, it?s not one of those cameo roles/small parts that claim it to be a Johnny Depp film when it clearly isn?t and in true Depp style his presence and character in this film, doesn?t quite fit with the people surrounding him. All in all this is one of those that is quite unique, almost in a fairy tale fashion, with a grown up touch, this is one that pulls you in to the heart of the community and one who?s title doesn?t quite give it the justice it somehow deserves, even though it?s completely fitting.

- 76Majikat, Thursday, September 30, 2010

4 stars

French villagers' conservative lives are spiced up by the introduction of a chocolaterie. A twee 50s drama that tells a touching story if a touch too melodramatic at times. Interestingly, Juliette Binoche and Lena Olin's characters are almost exactly opposite to the roles they play in The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

- RossCollinsUK, Saturday, April 17, 2010

4 stars

Townspeople's lives begin to change under the influence of a woman who opens a small chocolaterie in a repressed French village. Beautiful production values and sophisticated score highlight this engrossing fairy tale come to life. Additionally the superlative performances by the cast go a long way into making this film so enchanting. Occasionally the script's negative view of religion as a means to manipulate people's behavior, can be awfully preachy. However, more often than not, the story is a delightful confection that will make you smile.

- hobster1, Tuesday, December 15, 2009