Chocolat

Chocolat

Director: Claire Denis

Cast: Claire Denis, Isaach de Bankolé, Giulia Boschi, François Cluzet

     
 

A French family's seemingly peaceful home is torn apart by unstoppable external forces in this pointed study of colonialism and racism from MGM/UA. Presented in 1.66:1 widescreen and offering a closed captioned French Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extra features include a theatrical trailer.  See more details below

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A French family's seemingly peaceful home is torn apart by unstoppable external forces in this pointed study of colonialism and racism from MGM/UA. Presented in 1.66:1 widescreen and offering a closed captioned French Dolby Digital Mono soundtrack, this release also offers optional English, Spanish and French subtitles. Extra features include a theatrical trailer.

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Before she struck out on her own, Claire Denis worked as an assistant for such A-listers as Wim Wenders, Jacques Rivette, and Jim Jarmusch. The influence of those mentors is apparent in Chocolat, Denis' debut feature, but it's the singularity of her organic vision that is most impressive. Set largely in the West African colony of Cameroon in the 1950s, Chocolat is a lush, if enigmatic, portrait of the colonial experience. In the waning days of French rule, a district officer (François Cluzet) presides over a rural outpost, living quietly with his wife, Aimée (Giulia Boschi), and little daughter, France (Cécile Ducasse). One day, the officer is called away on business, leaving Aimée and France to fend for themselves, with the aid of their houseboy, Protée (Isaach de Bankolé). A hushed drama of racial and sexual tension soon builds between Protée and Aimée, illuminating the perversion of human dynamics that colonialism breeds. Framed by the wanderings of a grown-up France (Mireille Perrier) in present-day Cameroon, Chocolat feels like an autobiographical work; the movie's sensory delights are so specific that they have the whiff of nostalgia. Its interrogation of cross-cultural dysfunction and the colonialist legacy notwithstanding, Chocolat's foremost pleasures are visceral. Denis, even at this early stage, already seems attuned to film's power to suggest and seduce. Her debut emanates the effortless sensuality and sinewy elegance that have come to mark her movies, making it a sterling introduction to her cinema of sensation.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2001
UPC:
0027616864468
Original Release:
1988
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; French: mono; English, French & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Isaach de Bankolé Protee
Giulia Boschi Amiee
François Cluzet Marc
Jean-Claude Adelin Luc
Cecile Ducasse France (Child)
Mireille Perrier France (Adult)
Emmet Judson Williamson Actor
Laurent Arnal Machinard
Jean Bediere Actor
Jean-Quentin Chatelain Actor
Emmanuelle Chaulet Actor
Jacques Denis Delpich
Kenneth Cranham Actor
Didier Flamand Vedrine

Technical Credits
Claire Denis Director,Screenwriter
Robert Alazraki Cinematographer
Alain Belmondo Producer
Gerard Crosnier Producer
Jean-Pol Fargeau Screenwriter
Thierry Flamand Production Designer
Luc Goldenberg Asst. Director
Dominique Hennequin Sound/Sound Designer
Abdullah Ibrahim Score Composer
Claudine Merlin Editor
Jean-Louis Ughetto Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Logo/France... [7:59]
2. ...As A Child [11:19]
3. Work Calls Protée [2:18]
4. Hyenas In The Night [8:46]
5. The Spirit Of Cooking [2:03]
6. The Ugly Englishman [10:12]
7. Madame's Bad Mood [3:36]
8. Marc Is Back [5:12]
9. Fallen From The Sky [9:59]
10. Some Work, Some Eat [6:29]
11. The Natural Color [4:02]
12. A Real Doctor [7:49]
13. The Company He Keeps [7:47]
14. Protée Must Leave [5:16]
15. Departure Then & Now [9:41]
16. End Credits [3:02]

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