Chocolat (2000)



Critic Consensus: Chocolat is a charmingly light-hearted fable with a lovely performance by Binoche.

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The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in this comedy. In 1959, a mysterious woman named Vianne (Juliette Binoche) moves with her young daughter into a small French village, where much of the community's activities are dominated by the local Catholic church. A few days after settling into town, Vianne opens up a confectionery shop across the street from the house of worship -- shortly after the beginning of Lent. While the townspeople are supposed to be abstaining from worldly pleasures, Vianne tempts them with unusual and delicious chocolate creations, using her expert touch to create just the right candy to break down each customer's resistance. With every passing day, more and more of Vianne's neighbors are succumbing to her sinfully delicious treats, but the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), the town's mayor, is not the least bit amused; he is eager to see Vianne run out of town before she leads the town into a deeper level of temptation. Vianne, however, is not to be swayed, and with the help of another new arrival in town, a handsome Irish Gypsy named Roux (Johnny Depp), she plans a "Grand Festival of Chocolate," to be held on Easter Sunday. Based on the novel by Joanne Harris, Chocolat features a distinguished supporting cast, including Judi Dench, Lena Olin, Carrie-Anne Moss, Peter Stormare, Hugh O'Conor, and Leslie Caron. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
PG-13 (for a scene of sensuality and some violence)
Comedy , Romance
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Juliette Binoche
as Vianne Rocher
Carrie-Anne Moss
as Caroline Claimont
Judi Dench
as Armande Voizin
Alfred Molina
as Comte de Reynaud
Lena Olin
as Josphine Muscat
Peter Stormare
as Serge Muscat
Leslie Caron
as Madame Audel
John Wood
as Guillaume Bierot
Victoire Thivisol
as Anouk Rocher
Hugh O'Conor
as Pere Henri
Aurelien Parent Koenig
as Luc Clairmont
Antonio Gil
as Jean-Marc Drou
Hélène Cardona
as Francoise Drou
Harrison Pratt
as Dedou Drou
Gaelan Connell
as Didi Drou
Elizabeth Commelin
as Yvette Marceau
Ron Cook
as Alphonse Marceau
Guillaume Tardieu
as Baptiste Marceau
Michèle Gleizer
as Madame Rivet
Dominique MacAvoy
as Madame Pouget
Arnaud Adam
as George Rocher
Esteban Antonio
as Thin Grizzled Man
J.J. Holiday
as Musician
Malcolm Ross
as Musician
Ged Barry
as Musician
Tatyana Yassukovich
as Storyteller
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Critic Reviews for Chocolat

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (31)

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Ultimately, especially coming from director Lasse Hallstrom, such a slight flick doubles as a fat disappointment.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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February 7, 2001
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 7, 2001
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A sinfully scrumptious bonbon.

February 6, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Watching Chocolat is like binging on a bottomless box of truffles: Tastes good and sweet at first, but after a while, you start feeling a little green.

January 4, 2001
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Chocolat

A fairy-tale that obviously doesn't qualify as my favorite. You don't need no Vianne to tell that. Kids, among others, might find this Chocolat tasty.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

An international all star cast help concoct this pleasing little truffle about walking the thin line between sin and pleasure, magic and reality.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

I thought this was gonna be a dumb romance, but this movie was really good. The true great thing is the music, the score was perfect if you ask me. I think they could've made the town brighter and more colorful if you get what im saying. The acting was great, and deserved more recognition. The plot was well done and fun. This was a very good movie, and I wish you see it.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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