Chocolat Reviews

  • Dec 20, 2015

    Nice cinematography..EXTREMELY BORING. Not suggested to watch.

    Nice cinematography..EXTREMELY BORING. Not suggested to watch.

  • Jul 31, 2013

    The exquisitely shot slow moving French Film based heavily on the director's own experiences in Africa. 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.

    The exquisitely shot slow moving French Film based heavily on the director's own experiences in Africa. 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.

  • Daniel P Super Reviewer
    Feb 27, 2013

    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.

    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.

  • Feb 24, 2013

    Johnny Depp as a gypsy! Hah!

    Johnny Depp as a gypsy! Hah!

  • Nov 11, 2012

    A gorgeous film about a young girl growing up in Africa during the last days of French colonialism.

    A gorgeous film about a young girl growing up in Africa during the last days of French colonialism.

  • Jul 11, 2012

    Slow, presumably to match the pace of life, but largely successful story of childhood and the colonial experience, emphasising the alien presence of the uncomprehending Europeans, a recurring theme in her later films.

    Slow, presumably to match the pace of life, but largely successful story of childhood and the colonial experience, emphasising the alien presence of the uncomprehending Europeans, a recurring theme in her later films.

  • Mar 07, 2011

    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.

    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.

  • Feb 13, 2011

    Claire Denis' most accessible work is a terrific, albeit sometimes frustrating work. We first meet a young woman on a beach in Cameroon who decides to take a car ride when offered by a man and his son. While he thinks she is a tourist, she then reflects back on her time as a little girl in colonial Cameroon where her father had a post. She was good friends with their intelligent but quiet helper Protee. The girl's father is often occupied with various tasks while her mother seems rather neglected. A plane crash has several new white French visitors come to the house and offer their varying viewpoints about the many facets of Africa. All dialogue seem to be tidbits of a broader picture. Emotions are sensed rather than stated. Claire Denis rather successfully manages through meticulous camerawork to successfully convey meanings through these fragmented narratives. Although not much happens, the impacts of these moments is staggering. As per usual this Denis' film is beautiful to watch.

    Claire Denis' most accessible work is a terrific, albeit sometimes frustrating work. We first meet a young woman on a beach in Cameroon who decides to take a car ride when offered by a man and his son. While he thinks she is a tourist, she then reflects back on her time as a little girl in colonial Cameroon where her father had a post. She was good friends with their intelligent but quiet helper Protee. The girl's father is often occupied with various tasks while her mother seems rather neglected. A plane crash has several new white French visitors come to the house and offer their varying viewpoints about the many facets of Africa. All dialogue seem to be tidbits of a broader picture. Emotions are sensed rather than stated. Claire Denis rather successfully manages through meticulous camerawork to successfully convey meanings through these fragmented narratives. Although not much happens, the impacts of these moments is staggering. As per usual this Denis' film is beautiful to watch.

  • Oct 23, 2010

    In ihrem Debà 1/4t hat Claire Denis recht offensichtlich noch nicht ihre individuelle Kinosprache gefunden. Sie findet zwar stellenweise eindrucksvolle Bilder, bleibt aber - jedenfalls bis zum enigmatischen Schluss - noch weitgehend einer Arthouse-Grammatik verhaftet. Die Themen sind zwar alle bereits da, aber die spätere Brillanz ihres Kinos deutet sich in CHOCOLAT nur in sehr wenigen, vereinzelten Augenblicken an.

    In ihrem Debà 1/4t hat Claire Denis recht offensichtlich noch nicht ihre individuelle Kinosprache gefunden. Sie findet zwar stellenweise eindrucksvolle Bilder, bleibt aber - jedenfalls bis zum enigmatischen Schluss - noch weitgehend einer Arthouse-Grammatik verhaftet. Die Themen sind zwar alle bereits da, aber die spätere Brillanz ihres Kinos deutet sich in CHOCOLAT nur in sehr wenigen, vereinzelten Augenblicken an.

  • Mar 11, 2010

    Something very special going on here...Denis is most effective when dealing with her African past, or rather, handling a subject in postcolonial terms. I now desperately look forward to White Material

    Something very special going on here...Denis is most effective when dealing with her African past, or rather, handling a subject in postcolonial terms. I now desperately look forward to White Material