Chocolat (2000)

A comic fable from the director of "The Cider House Rules".

Blu-ray, 2h 1min
Rating: 7.2
Votes: 172503
Languages: English, French
Country: UK, USA
Director: Lasse Hallström

Plot outline

A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

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Plots

A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community. - Kenneth Chisholm

When single mother Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her six-year-old daughter, Anouk (Victoire Thivisol) move to rural France and open a chocolate shop, with Sunday hours, across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed.

Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol) are drifters who are met with skepticism and resistance when they move to a conservative town in rural France and open a chocolate shop during Lent. As Vianne begins to work her magic and help those around her, the townspeople are soon won-over by her exuberance and her delicious chocolates, except for Mayor Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), who is determined to shut her down. When a group of river drifters visit the town, Vianne teaches the townspeople something about acceptance, and finds love for herself along the way. - J. Lake

1960, small town France. Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol) move into town and open a chocolate shop just as Lent is beginning. The town's small-minded Mayor Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina) can't accept this and does his best to shut her down, but her warm personality and incredible chocolates manage to win over many townsfolk. Things get shaken up even more when a group of river drifters, led by Roux (Johnny Depp), stop into town (to the even greater distress of the Mayor) and Vianne takes up with him. Meanwhile, she's been helping Josephine Muscat (Lena Olin) out of her abusive marriage, and her equally freethinking landlord, Amande Voizin (Dame Judi Dench), get together with her grandson, Luc Clairmont Aurelien Parent Koenig), whose mother, Caroline (Carrie-Anne Moss), doesn't approve of Amande's ways. - Jon Reeves