6 April 2014


Chocolat 2000
  • Director: Lasse Hallström
  • Based on the novel by Joanne Harris
  • Cast: Johnny Depp,  Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Antonio Gil, Lena Olin, Peter Stormare, Leslie Caron, Judi Dench
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Juliette Binoche – Paris, Breaking and Entering, Paris je t’aime, The English Patient, Trois couleurs – rouge, Trois couleurs – blanc, Trois couleurs – Bleu, Wuthering Heights, Les amant du Pont-Neuf
    • Alfred Molina – An Education, As You Like It, Frida, Prick Up Your Ears
    • Carrie-Anne Moss – Snow Cake, Matrix x 3
    • Antonio Gil – The Merchant of Venice
    • Lena Olin - The Reader, The United States of Leland, The Ninth Gate, Romeo Is Bleeding, Ansikte mot ansikte
    • Peter Stormare – The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassas, The Brothers Grimm, Dancer in the Dark, The Big Lebowski, Fargo
    • Leslie Caron – Gigi, The L-Shaped Room
    • Judi Dench - Cranford, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Ladies in Lavender, The Shipping News, HotelMarigold, Tea with Mussolini, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs. Brown, 84 Charing Cross Road, A Room with a View, Macbeth
  • Why? JD
  • Seen:  Twice before. Now: March 30, 2014
       The first time Hal and I saw this was in the cinema on our wedding anniversary. How romantic is that?  I was charmed by the film. Hal less so. He’s such a toughie.
       I actually don’t like chocolate so much, especially when it’s sweet and this film is undeniably sweet. But like Vianne’s chocolates it has just enough chilli pepper in it to make it piquant.
       The story has all the ingredients of a fairy tale: an evil ogre (religious fanatic mayor Molina) vs free spoken beautiful strong heroine Binoche who knows her chocolate and human nature and has a precocious poker playing young daughter. It’s set in a charming medieval French village. Add a cast of misfits: cranky good-hearted old landlady (Dench), bitter, angry but good-hearted daughter (Moss, as far from her Matrix role as can be imagined), inhibited over protected but kindly rebellious son, downtrodden abused then liberated wife (Olin, as far from her Ninth Gate role as can be imagined), brutal husband (Stormare, who is probably as gentle as a lamb in real life). And many others.
       Enter JD. Oh be still my beating heart! JD with a pony tail, Irish accent (in France?? – never mind) and guitar. On a river boat! Not to be seen on one’s wedding anniversary with one’s husband...
       Some critics couldn’t see through the charm to the film’s substance. I see both. And enjoy it tremendously.  This time too.
4 * of 5

PS Hal liked it better this time.  He probably isn’t jealous. He’s probably in love with Juliette Binoche.




  1. I like my chocolate bitter (70%), a little every day.