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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

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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
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
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Critic Reviews for Chocolat

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Audience Reviews for Chocolat

  • Mar 26, 2016
    Lighthearted and fluffy to a fault, Chocolat may not be the deepest nor the most thought provoking film out there, but it's certainly a "treat" for all those who want a funny, delightful and sweet film.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    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.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 26, 2011
    Delightful and warm-hearted film with some great performances and a touching dramatic storyline.
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2011
    Though the name may suggest it to be a romance poetry kind of movie, Chocolat is by far nothing as mention above. Nominated for Oscar for her work in Chocolat, Juliette Binoche did a marvelous job playing Vianne, a single mother with a gift of cocoa cooking who come into a small France village and influence the people for a modern change. Johnny Depp is heavily advertise in this movie though not particularly a bad thing but he has minimum screen time. Lena Olin and Alfred Molina leave me impressed by their stellar acting and performance. 8.2/10.
    Mesh B Super Reviewer

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