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NEW Binoche/dench/molina/olin - Chocolat (Blu-ray)
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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.
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 ›
That by any other name would smell as sweet.
So, what is in a name? A lot I would posit when it comes to this movie. Take for instance, this movie came out a few years after the hugely successful Alfonso Arau-directed, "Like Water for Chocolate." Hollywood seemed to be in the habit of producing doubles at the time. "A Bug's Life" was successful so someone produced "Antz", etcetera, etcetera. The "Like Water for Chocolate" "Chocolat" seemed like another such mirror image conundrum, thus my movie-viewing family stayed away from this one. That is until recently, and I must say, this is a different film and one on top of it that is wholly enjoyable.
It tries a bit too hard to be foreign and although shot in an authentic French provincial village (apparently they actually have these dotted across the countryside of France) comes off as having an American tilt to it. So, here is the other difficulty in the name. If you talk about watching this movie to your friends or ask a video rental clerk for it, it's almost impossible to pronounce the name without coming across as an "I only watch films instead of movies and if the film is foreign it instantly is raised in my esteem" snobbery. Try it. Pronounce "Chocolat" to your dog sitting next to you now by your computer. See, your nose instantly goes in the air, the corners of your mouth are down-turned in a pouty snootery, and the top of your head wiggles every so slightly side to side to indicate...there...I've just said something foreign making me somewhat better than you. "Chocolat." Take this piece of advice, since the film is slightly Americanized (how can you have Johnny Depp in it and not be?) go ahead and Americanize the title by calling it Chocolate.Read more ›
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 ›
Most recent customer reviews
Would not play on our machine. Other DVDs work fine! Am I able to return it? What's the process?Published 3 months ago by Norma Crone
Excellent film remplit de situations cocasses et réflexives. Acteurs impressionnants.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
A sweet slice of life story with a twist and a sprinkling of whimsy.Published 14 months ago by Chris Tucker
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 16 months ago by Ingrid Pawley
This is one of the best movies I have seen, just loved it. Very well acted and good storyPublished 18 months ago by N.