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NEW Binoche/dench/molina/olin - Chocolat (Blu-ray)
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Meanwhile, Vianne finally warms up and disarms her crotchety landlady, jumpstarts a tired marriage for two villagers, and befriends a battered woman, played with appropriate pathos, delicacy, and spirit by Lena Olin. She also manages a flirtation with an Irish drifter named Roux, well played by Johnny Depp, though they seem to lack chemistry together.Read more ›
The story has been told many ways. Yet this movie is still unique in its presentation. We get to visit with our favorite actors and they do such a good job that they do not overwhelm the characters. I especially liked Alfred Molina who played a similar role in "Enchanted April (1992)" as someone that really was not a bad person; he was just misunderstood or has a misunderstanding and comes around later to be really a good guy.
Like "Babette's Feast", everyone is supposed to shun Vianne Rocher who goes out of her way to help people. And like "Like Water for Chocolate" the movie has a mystical feel.
Basic story is a town where everyone knows their place and duty is visited by a north wind caring a mysterious woman and her daughter. Their present's wakes up the people from their organized existence.
The DVD has all the DVD goodies that you are looking for, such as voice over, deleted scenes etc. And they do not force the coming attractions on you.
The setting is a quaint French village which stands starkly on tradition; new people with new ideas just aren't welcome there at all. The best way that I can think to describe the social setting is to say that these are French people being French. There's one self-righteous, powerful know-it-all at the top who tells everyone what to do and how to do it, and all of the villagers are too cowardly to rock the boat or think for themselves. Living in the past is a miserable way to live. You've got an elderly woman still mourning her husband's death 42 years after the fact, a younger widow who won't let her son doing anything because she's afraid something will happen to him, a wife who won't leave her abusive husband, etc. Everyone is so worried about what others might think of them that they don't really live. The mayor is so puritanically dominant that he even writes the sermons for the young village priest.
Things start to change when a stranger and her daughter show up (wearing red cloaks, no less) and open a chocolate shop.Read more ›
It is the late 1950s, but it might as well be the late 1850s in a small French town where everyone behaves as they should (supposedly), and attends church regularly. When a strong North wind blows through town, it brings the vivacious and mysterious Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol). Vianne is soon the talk of the town: an unwed mother who declines to go to church and opens up a chocolate shop in the midst of Lent.Read more ›
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Excellent film remplit de situations cocasses et réflexives. Acteurs impressionnants.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A sweet slice of life story with a twist and a sprinkling of whimsy.Published 6 months ago by Chris Conrad
Hmmm Chocolate in all forms and tastes....a mysterious mother and child descend on a small town, opening up a shop making chocolate. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ingrid Pawley
This is one of the best movies I have seen, just loved it. Very well acted and good storyPublished 10 months ago by N.
I ordered this DVD twice and both times my machine would not accept it saying it was a defective CD - I was very disappointed - I really wanted it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Helen
Great movie! Brilliant actors. I could watch this movie on Netflix but wanted a copy of my own for my DVD library.Published on Nov. 18 2013 by S.C.