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Merci Pour Le Chocolate [VHS] (2000)

Isabelle Huppert , Jacques Dutronc , Claude Chabrol  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Anna Mouglalis, Rodolphe Pauly, Brigitte Catillon
  • Directors: Claude Chabrol
  • Writers: Claude Chabrol, Caroline Eliacheff, Charlotte Armstrong
  • Producers: Gérard Ruey, Jean-Louis Porchet, Marin Karmitz, Yvon Crenn
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • VHS Release Date: April 22, 2003
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00008AOTA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Stars: Switched at Birth September 21, 2002
Mysteries/Thrillers/Who done-its are by their very nature complex things and it takes a master technician to pull one off successfully. Hitchcock had it,Christopher Nolan ("Momento") has it as does Claude Chabrol, the director of "Merci Pour Le Chocolat."
The characters in "MPLC" are complicated., ambivalent and enigmatic which gives the film it's tone of deep foreboding and a lingering sense that things are not what they seem and that the characters are not what they seem to be.
The premise is pretty simple: a young woman, Jeanne (Anna Mouglalis) accidentally discovers that she may or may not be the child of the person she has known as her father. It seems that she may or may not have been mistakenly switched at birth and her father may be the famous pianist Andre Polonski (Jacques Dutronc).
Her mother (Brigitte Catillon) attempts to explain it away but Jeanne isn't buying it and sets off to find Polonski; thus setting the plot of the film in motion. We are then introduced to Polonski and his wife, Mika (Isabelle Huppert) and his maybe yes/maybe no son Guillaume.
There is no doubt that at this point in the film we are definitely intrigued: the performances are first rate (especially Isabelle Huppert's twitchy, nervous, up to no good, Mika), the mise en scene is flawless, the script is intelligent. Then...BOOM, the whole thing falls apart in the third act. And in a film of this genre, if you don't have a third act you don't have a film. What happened? Who can say for sure but the denouement is flat, trite and obvious...everything that the beginning and middle of the film is not.
But 2/3 of a great Chabrol film is better than most of the stuff to which we are subjected on the screen these days. So for this we should be happy...but are we really?
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