Release year: 2000
Director: Lasse Hallström
Screenwriter: Robert Nelson Jacobs, Joanne Harris (based on the novel by)
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Johnny Depp, Victoire Thivisol, Lena Olin, Peter Stormare, Carrie-Anne Moss
A single mother (Binoche) arrives in a sleepy little village where she quickly stirs things with the delicious chocolates she sells and a bit of kind meddling.
Based on Joanne Harris’s bestselling novel, Hallström’s (The Cider House Rules, 1999) is as delightful and delicate as the chocolates the leading character sells. Partly filmed on location in a cozy French village (not the fictional in the story, but Flavigny-sur-Ozerain) it blows over you like the wind that blows Vianne into the movie and embrace you like blankets and hot chocolate on a cold November night. Binoche (The English Patient, 1996) is every bit as sweet as the candy her character sells and she is surrounded by an excellent support cast, most noticeable the amazing dame Dench (Philomena, 2013) and Molina (Frida, 2002) as the mayor losing grip of the village to the enhancing new lady. Recommended especially for people with an insatiable appetite for chocolate, Francophiles or those who simply enjoy a good fable.
Juliette Binoche went to a chocolate shop in Paris to learn how to make chocolates. Some of the chocolates she made were used in the festival scene.
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