Sunday, 13 November 2011

chocolat (2000) - lassie hallstrom

A strange one this, Chocolat has the look and feel of a French film but with everyone speaking English. It stars Alfred Molina as the mayor who tries to close the chocolate shop, Johnny Depp as a 'water rat' gypsy type, (who falls in love with the chocolate shop owner), and Judy Dench as the chocolate shop's landlady. Who runs the aforementioned chocolate shop? That would be Juliette Binoche (who is French). The little French town is religious and oppressed, and the chocolate shop and it's contents start enriching the villagers lives, despite opposition from the mayor and the young pastor whose sermons he has been influencing. A little bit too long, but the type of film l like, even if it did not need subtitles.

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