Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Original title: Merci Pour Le Chocolat
France/Switzerland, 2000. CAB Productions, Canal+, France 2 Cinéma, L’Office Federal de la Culture, MK2 Productions, Suisse Succes Cinéma, Teleclub AG, Télévision Suisse-Romande, YMC Productions. Screenplay by Claude Chabrol, Caroline Eliacheff, based on the novel The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong. Cinematography by Renato Berta. Produced by Marin Karmitz. Music by Matthieu Chabrol. Production Design by Ivan Niclass. Costume Design by Elisabeth Tavernier. Film Editing by Monique Fardoulis.
Exciting and complex Hitchcockian thriller by Claude Chabrol, who previously adapted an American mystery novel when he filmed Ruth Rendel’s “A Judgment In Stone” as La Ceremonie. This time he takes Charlotte Armstrong’s “The Chocolate Cobweb” and comes up with an ever-so-subtle drama about a young woman named Jeanne (Anna Mouglalis) who finds out that she might have been switched at birth with the child of a famous pianist (Jacques Dutronc) whose wife mysteriously died soon after. Jeanne being a concert pianist herself, the connection to her is obvious, but to be certain she decides to meet the family of the pianist and integrate herself into their lives. While finding out more about her history, Jeanne upsets the cool of the pianist’s icy second wife (the fabulous Isabelle Huppert), the owner of a successful chocolate factory, and inadvertently uncovers another mysterious plot that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. You’ll never look at hot chocolate the same way again!
Toronto International Film Festival: 2000