Chocolat (2000)


A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies float down the river the prejudices of the Mayor leads to a crisis.

Chocolat (2000)

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Released Year: 2000
Runtime: 121 minutes
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directors: Lasse Hallström

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A fable of emotional liberation and chocolate. A mother and daughter move to a small French town where they open a chocolate shop. The town, religious and morally strict, is against them as they represent free-thinking and indulgence. When a group of Boat Gypsies float down the river the prejudices of the Mayor leads to a crisis.

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91
Portland Oregonian - Shawn Levy
It's built of such exquisite craft -- the acting, the decor, the photography, the music -- that to refuse it is to refuse the very sensations that draw us to art, romance and maybe even life itself.
80
L.A. Weekly - Paul Malcolm
While there are scenes of wrenching emotional openness and spontaneous charm -- largely due to the irresistible allure and impeccable craft of its ensemble cast -- the degree of calculation apparent in its plot and images undermines its efforts to move and seduce.
80
The New York Times - A.O. Scott
So assured in its manipulative prowess that only afterward do you realize how fully you've been worked over.
80
Newsweek - David Ansen
Chocolat is a seriocomic plea for tolerance, gift-wrapped in the baby blue colors of a fairy tale and served up with a sybaritic smile.
80
Mr. Showbiz - Unnamed
It's so easy to be mesmerized by Chocolat's brilliant indulgences that one abandons reason altogether.

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