Chocolat

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Special Features

The making of Chocolat; Feature commentary with director Lasse Hallström and producers David Brown, Kit Golde and Leslie Holleran ; The costumes of Chocolat; Production design featurette ; Deleted scenes
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This modest but handsome Chocolat enchants viewers with its whimsical charm, beguiling characters, and unerring insights, while providing the best English-language vehicle to date for the luminous Juliette Binoche. Binoche portrays a peripatetic single mother who arrives in a sleepy French village and establishes a chocolate shop during Lent. She displays a remarkable facility for sensing the moods of customers and finding confections to match, but the sensuous appeal of her products is lost on the town mayor Alfred Molina, who’s never been better, an uptight soul who believes she will undermine his authority. Johnny Depp, as an Irish riverboat gypsy, supplies a leading man of sorts, but Chocolat is really an ensemble film, and his contribution is no less important than those of Molina, Judi Dench playing Binoche’s irascible landlady, and Lena Olin as an abused wife who works in the shop. Director Lasse Hallstrom The Cider House Rules resists the temptation to make his film a full-blown allegory, but he also refuses to allow the story’s realistic elements to overshadow its mystical ones. Every bit as tasty a confection as the ones Binoche makes onscreen, Chocolat is smooth, sweet, and satisfying.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2011
  • UPC: 031398135227
  • Original Release: 2000
  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 820

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Juliette Binoche Vianne Rocher
Lena Olin Josephine Muscat
Johnny Depp Roux
Judi Dench Armande Voizin
Alfred Molina Comte de Reynaud
Peter Stormare Serge Muscat
Carrie-Anne Moss Caroline Clairmont
Leslie Caron Madame Audel
John Wood Guillaume Blerot
Hugh O'Conor Pere Henri
Victoire Thivisol Anouk Rocher
Aurelien Parent Koenig Luc Clairmont
Arnaud Adam
Technical Credits
Lasse Hallström Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Alan C. Blomquist Executive Producer
David Brown Producer
Mark Cooper Co-producer
Stephen P. Dunn Asst. Director
John Frankish Art Director
Kit Golden Producer
David Gropman Production Designer
Leslie Holleran Producer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Robert Nelson Jacobs Screenwriter
Renee Ehrlich Kalfus Costumes/Costume Designer
Bob Last Musical Direction/Supervision
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Meryl Poster Executive Producer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Michelle Raimo Executive Producer
Suzanne Smith Casting
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chocolat
1. Opening Credits: A Tranquil Village and the North Wind
2. "Where Are You From?"
3. To Lead by Example
4. The Radical Atheist
5. Waking the Passion
6. Fasting and Favorites
7. "One's Enemy"
8. "People Talk"
9. Hidden Thoughts and Yearnings
10. The Chocolate Crusade
11. A Guaranteed Problem
12. "Boycott Immorality"
13. Chocolate, Worms, and Sin
14. Planning a Party
15. Exquisite Indulgences
16. Riverboat Disaster
17. Saying Goodbye
18. Banishment From the Village
19. "Don't Worry, Mama"
20. Comte and His Confections
21. Freedom From Tranquillity
22. End Credits
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Chocolat
   Play Movie
   Bonus Material
      The Making of "Chocolat"
      Audio Commentary
         View Film With Audio Commentary With Director Lasse Hallström and Producers David Brown, Kit Golden and Leslie Holleran: On
            Proceed
         View Film With Audio Commentary With Director Lasse Hallström and Producers David Brown, Kit Golden and Leslie Holleran: Off
      The Costumes of "Chocolat"
      Production Design Featurette
      Deleted Scenes
         Comte Collects Rent
         Are We Goig to Move Again?
         Milking the Cow
         Cat Food
         Boule Game
         Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
         Armande's Letter
   Set up
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
      Captions and Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Spanish
         Subtitles:None
   Chapter Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      The Cider House Rules
      Malona
      Bounce
      The Yards
      Shakespeare in Love
      Life Is Beautiful
      Good Will Hunting
      Il Postino
      Like Water for Chocolate
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Chocolat feeds the senses and the soul

    I absolutely love this film! I love the story, the music, the characters, the location and the chocolate. There are so many layers in this film and many lessons to be learned. This film grabs you, pulls you in and holds you spellbound until its completion. I love the mother and daughter who travel with the North wind to new towns and villages to dispense their secret chocolate recipes which seem to have a magical ability to transform those who partake of them. The women in their family have been wandering with their chocolate for centuries. The people of this ancient village they come to seem to be oppressed, but have learned to live with it. Can chocolate truly set them free?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Praise for Chocolat!

    Wonderful movie, you must buy-it's truly a piece of art!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet movie

    A nice movie who talks about the change of live by a taste stimulous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chocolat

    The story line is really good. It reminds people of faith how the ones they want to reach out to can have more tolerance and show God's love better than they do. You walk away having learned a big lesson.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Outstanding Feminist Movie Disguised as Chick Flick

    Chocolat is a beautiful film, both visually and in its messages. The primary characters are women, and they are strong and realistic and fallible. The men involved add to the story, but the real joy here is in seeing how the women adapt to their circumstances, and how they support and inspire each other. Fair warning: the chocolate confection-making scenes will make your mouth water, so have some Godiva in the cupboard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chocolat takes the cake

    I absolutely loved this movie. Aside from the obvious aspect of Johnny Depp, it has a great story line and what girls wouldn't like a movie about a Chocolatier. Johnny did a wonderful job in this movie, plus he got to play his guitar, which was very hot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Delicious

    This movie is as sweet as it is sentimental. It is amazing and a beautiful story. It is definitely a must see and a must own above all else. This is sure to be a classic "staple" to any movie collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweetest chocolat I ever had....

    This is an offbeat,watch it.Wanna trip to France........heres the ticket,grab it!! Jonny Depp and Juliette Binoche make a sweet pair.It's a treat to watch this movie!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Power of Grace

    I rented Chocolat hoping for a chick flick I could share with my wife. I got a movie that touched a chord in our hearts about the power of grace to transform lives. The film intentionally sets the new-to-town Vienne against the local mayor and church. The contest is over a marriage torn by abuse. The plot demonstrates the power of Grace to change the heart where law only cleans up the surface. Every pastor in America should watch this film and take heed. It has become one of my favorite movies. It is beautifully filmed and exquisitely acted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely Story

    I really enjoyed this picture, Chocolat...it had a really great story line and i loved Juliette Binoche as Vienne. Johnny Depp my favourite actor of all time also portrayed the role of Roux very well...he looks amazing in this role and has a lovely accent...if you like romantic pictures this is the one for you...it was a wonderful story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Deliciously Sweet Movie

    ''Chocolat'' was a wonderful movie. It was not what I expected it to be. Being an abid Johnny Depp lover, I decided to rent this and see how it was. Not only did he look amazing, but he portrayed his character, ''Roux'', well. Juliette Binoch was wonderful in this film. She did a wonderful job playing ''Vianne''. And adding to the movie a wonderful flair of life. Vianne is a breath of fresh air in a small French Town, who does not exactly welcome her. The movie is about the changes and struggles in life, which are not always easy, but are made a little sweeter with chocolat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful movie

    Great movie with Juliette Binoche and Alfred Molina as polar opposites who clash over morality in this tale about a free spirited chocolate shop owner and the local head of the town. Watch for Judi Dench and Johnny Depp too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!

    Although I'm not partial to chocolate myself, I thought this movie was wildly romantic, richly photographed and superbly acted. Johnny Dep was a handsome, delicious rogue. Judi Dench was fabulous, Juliette Binoche was a delight and Carrie Ann Moss - surprise - was so totally different from her MATRIX character, it was mind boggling! All in all, this movie is a great escape from the mundane and really showed the powers of love and chocolate -- when mixed, it's like an explosion! Bravo!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Tasty Delicous Comedy

    I think that this one movie that shows you how life can be like without a friend. This is a very touching movie about a woman and her daughter who are not well liked during the holliday Lent. Vianne and her daughter Anuke sell chocolates which are prohibited during the Lent holliday season. Can Roux help Vianne or was her dream just a nightmare.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovely

    Heart-warming, Judi Dench is great and it is intelligent as well as greatly entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    incredible

    i really loved this movie! it was incredible!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Full 5 PLANET Rating!!

    Whether it¿s milk, dark or white chocolate that you prefer, it doesn¿t matter when it comes to this delectable hit film, `Chocolat¿. This movie is so delicious that it makes your mouth water. The ingredients include a taste of French culture blended with a dash of humor and lightly sprinkled with romance. What more could your taste buds crave? Taking place in a small, quaint village in France, the beautiful architecture and the romantic French accent, which rolls off the tongue in the English language, paint the overall mood of the picture. It is bittersweet timing for Vianne (Juliette Banoche) and her illegitimate daughter to relocate to a morally rigid village during `Lent¿ and open a Chocolaterie. The chocolate shop and Vianne¿s immorality immediately spark small talk in the small village where bigger hopes and dreams are not in any non-religious newcomer¿s favor¿unless you are Vianne who can make people melt not only with her divine and sinful homemade chocolates, but with her sensual charm and wholesome kindness. With that combination, the townspeople¿s morality is put to the test. Without a care in the world other than for her daughter¿s security and to guess people¿s favorite chocolate, Vianne¿s cares begin to take on more and more ingredients with each new batch of chocolate¿is she able to mix the village¿s cares into a new ingredient¿stir a new way of life? `Chocolat¿ is a feel-good, clean movie that has the same aphrodisiac affect as eating chocolate. Be sure to indulge in your favorite chocolate along with a bottle of French wine because this film will make your taste buds water. Other big stars to enjoy in this movie are: Carrie-Anne Moss, Johnny Depp and Judi Dench. `Chocolat¿ is without a doubt a full 5 planet movie. ( Originally posted at http://www.planet42.com )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A delicious comedy!

    Chocolat is a charming heart-warming comedy, a definite pick-me-up. It sports a beautiful musical score as well. I recommend Chocolat to anyone, you're in for a treat!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You will crave Chocolate after Chocolat!

    This beautiful film is richly drawn and dreamily acted by its wonderful cast. There is a touch of magical fantasy and a ton of understated humor. There is a flat moment toward the end of the film but that did not spoil Chocolat's control over my heart.

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    Posted February 4, 2009

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