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Boasting a masterful performance by Huppert, Merci Pour Le Chocolat is a suspenseful psychological thriller. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Starring Isabelle Huppert and Jacques Dutronc as the epitome of marital bliss, living a beautiful lavish life in Lausanne, Switzerland. While Mika (Isabelle Huppert) is busy running a successful chocolate company, Andre (Jacques Dutronc) rehearses marvelous compositions on the piano. Deep down, something is amiss, and Chabrol spins this bittersweet yarn into a dark mystery.

Cast & Crew

Isabelle Huppert
Marie-Claire "Mika" Muller
Jacques Dutronc
André Polonski
Anna Mouglalis
Jeanne Pollet
Rodolphe Pauly
Guillaume Polonski
Charlotte Armstrong
Writer (Novel)
Jean-Louis Porchet
Executive Producer
Matthieu Chabrol
Original Music
Renato Berta
Cinematographer
Ivan Niclass
Art Direction
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Audience Reviews for Nightcap

  • Jun 13, 2013
    I found the Book and the Movie very interesting, although the book was a little bit more detailed on "Hot Chocolate" Reminds me of some screaming I heard: Say NO TO DRUGS!
    NaWie M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2009
    A somewhat average thriller from Chabrol. It starts out well enough, but losses it towards the end and ultimately leaves too many questions unanswered. However despite it's weaknesses it's always worthwhile watching Huppert and at least you get to listen to Liszt's 'Funerailles' pretty much throughout the film.
    Emily B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2005
    [font=Century Gothic][color=red]Watching a Claude Chabrol film is like walking along, looking up at the sky for UFO's while not seeing the wall, that you're about to walk into. Chabrol's films are refreshingly straight-forward which can work very well in a film like "This Man Must Die" but can also backfire like it did in "Flower of Evil" where everything that is ever going to happen to the characters is revealed in the first ten minutes; the next eighty minutes is just a complete waste.[/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#ff0000][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#ff0000]Another film, that he directed, "Merci Pour Le Chocolat" starts out with a wedding of two middle aged people - concert pianist, Andre Polonski and chocolate factory owner Mika Muller. Then, we shift to a story being told to a young concert pianist, Jeanne Pollet, about a near mixup at the hospital when she was born between her and the Polonskis' baby. Jeanne imagines herself as Polonski's daughter. Oh, and Polonski's first wife died, falling asleep at the wheel of the car...So, what transpires is a thoughtful rumination on family and genetics that ends on a suspenseful note. [/color][/font][font=Century Gothic][color=#ff0000][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#ff0000][/color][/font] [font=Century Gothic][color=#ff0000]Note: at the wedding, one of the characters mentions that Polonski is a great pianist but not a great human being.(It is true that the only thing that interests Polonski is playing the piano which forges a quick bond between him and Jeanne.) Which got me thinking about whether or not any resemblence between the fictional Polonski and the real life Roman Polanski was intended.[/color][/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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