Chocolat (2000)


(out of 5)

What threatens to be a predictable, half-baked Miramax experience turns out to be a delightful surprise as enjoyable as its titular treat. is so beautiful it’s a crime as the mysterious woman who moves to a tiny conservative town in France with her daughter ( of Ponette) to open a chocolaterie, using recipes taken from her Mayan ancestry. The residents of the town react with fear to this woman who preaches pleasure as a way of life, but soon warm up to her. Director Lasse Hallstrom uses the story’s familiarity to his advantage as the story progresses, continually dazzling you with an infectious charm that reaches everywhere the film goes. All the performances are first-rate, and Rachel Portman’s score lends her usual soul-lifting flair.

Miramax, David Brown Productions

United Kingdom/USA, 2000

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Juliette Binoche as “Vianne Rocher”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Judi Dench as “Armande Voizin”)
Best Music (Original Score) (Rachel Portman)
Best Picture (David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran, producers)
Best Writing (Screenplay based on Material Previously Produced or Published) (Robert Nelson Jacobs)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Juliette Binoche)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Judi Dench)
Best Original Score-Motion Picture (Rachel Portman)

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