Chocolat (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Chocolat (1988)




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In a story told through a series of flashbacks, an eight-year-old girl in French Colonial Africa accepts the subjugation of the black natives by the white colonists as only natural. It isn't until she's grown that she begins to see how cruel and unfair the whole colonial system has been.


Giulia Boschi
as Aimée Dalens
François Cluzet
as Marc Dalens
Cecile Ducasse
as France (Child)
Mireille Perrier
as France (Adult)
Laurent Arnal
as Machinard
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Critic Reviews for Chocolat

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

... a brilliantly accomplished low-budget childhood drama shot on location in West Africa.

Full Review… | August 4, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A subtle and captivating portrait of colonial Africa and racial tensions.

Full Review… | January 15, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Chocolat

An evocative and beautifully shot period drama set in colonial Cameroon. The lethargic pacing and drawn out scenes make it a bit of a slog to sit through but there's no denying it's quiet power and that it has important points to make. Claire Denis went on to make the much better, similarly themed White Material.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

What the hell was this? Seriously!? This was one of the most boring films I've seen in my life. It centers around an INCREDIBLY nuanced and understated "will they? won't they?" romantic crush that explores class difference. It really leads to nothing. I only know those plot details because of my class's discussion on the film. You could watch this movie 3 times and still have no idea what it's about. Seriously, this is dry filmmaking that can only be appreciated by patient viewers.

Kevin DHooge
Kevin DHooge

A very beautiful film with great cinematography, editing, mise-en-scene...but the slow pace and lack of real narrative development can be a bit stifling.

Ben J
Ben J

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