Marc, France's father, really loves his job and strives to do his best. He does not see the natives as his equals, but I don't think he sees them as inferior as others do, either. At any rate, he goes about his job with determination and kindness, even though it means leaving his wife and child alone (in a houseful of servants) on a regular basis. He treats the locals with respect, of a sort, and does not impose much on them.
No new ground is really broken here. We are not exploring the politics of the time. We are not really exploring the details of these people's lives; our view is pretty superficial. But we do examine one brief glimpse of time--during Ramadan, it is mentioned a few times. We see young France and her deep affection for some of the servants; she bonds more with them than with the colonial visitors who put in varied appearances over the course of the film.
It's beautifully shot. The filmwork itself is well done, even if the story isn't the best I've seen. (Or even, let's be honest, the best I've seen of movies called [i]Chocolat[/i].) I don't even feel we get an adequate explanation of the title. But the actress who plays young France is pretty good, for an actress of her age, and most of the rest of the cast is even better.
I feel we may have one too many bits of people's lives in this story; there's a hint of locals' wishes to overthrow the colonial rule that doesn't go anywhere, and I'm also not sure we need the bit at the end with the story of the man who is giving adult France a ride. But it's a simple, almost soothing story, and it's worth watching if you happen to encounter it.
it took me a good hour to figure out that france was the younger girl.
sex, sex, sex, and more sex. yeah.
Strong characters in an simple but proactive film that allowed the characters personalities to add themselves to the canvas of the vast African Landscapes.
Although this film did travel rather slow it had many great scenes between the young girl & head black slave. It's a little bit dull in parts but it often has bouts of life.