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Chocolate is the beautiful and captivating comedy from the acclaimed director of the Cider House Rules! Nobody could have imagined the impact that the striking Vianne(Binoche) would make when she arrived in a tranquil, old-fashioned French town. In her very unusual chocolate shop, Vianne begins to create mouth-watering confections that almost magically inspire the strailaced villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness! But it is not until another stranger, the handsome Roux arrives in town that Vianne is finally able to recognize her own desires!
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : MRML30137DVD
- Director : Lasse Hallström
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 1 minute
- Release date : April 26, 2011
- Actors : Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Aurelien Parent Koenig
- Subtitles: : Spanish
- Producers : Alan C. Blomquist, Bob Weinstein, David Brown, Harvey Weinstein, Kit Golden
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B004SIP6BI
- Writers : Joanne Harris, Robert Nelson Jacobs
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #59,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The film covers domestic abuse, prejudice, religious faith gone wrong and redemption, life and death. It is a story of exclusion and inclusion. Depp's character is a wanderer who travels with others such as himself. On close view, his character wanders as a way of life, not because he or the others are lost, which coincides with the girl's mother moving them from town to town.
The characters are rich, relatable , and carry the sometimes precarious and heavy story-line easily. Those wanting a straightforward romance, as one might interpret the photo on the film case, will come away feeling cheated. This is not simply a romance. In fact romance takes a backseat in this movie to the social importance of the trials each of these characters face. If a viewer is, however, looking for a movie that is both enjoyable and deeper than the surface perhaps gives away, than this movie is a joy for such a viewer.
The main characters, Johnny Depp (Roux), Alfred Molina (Comte de Raynaud), Juliette Binoche (Vianne) , Judy Dench (Armanded Volzin), Lena Olin (Josephine Muscat) and Carrie-Ann Moss as Caroline Claimant, are superb in their respective roles. However, Kudos go to the young actress Victoria Thivisol who plays Vivianne’s daughter (Anouk Rocher )who is constantly adapting to their nomad existence until she causes the final change by accidentally breaking the urn carrying her grandmothers magic ashes, which made them wonder the world.
The story is one of control and intolerance of strangers those that do not share our values. The Comte de Raynaud is the town’s mayor and patrician from a long line of privileged ancestors. He is so strict that even his wife left on a “vacation” never to return. Vianne and her daughter Anouk are unconventional and do not share the mayor’s strict observance of Easter and of the required church attendance and mounts an attack on Vianne and Roux, the Gypsy only to fall for the magical powers of Vianne’s chocolates. It all ends with an understanding and acceptance of their differences. A charming story that applies to today’s troubled times. I give the film five golden stars.
And this is not because of bad connection. I've been switching to watch other movies to test with no problem at the same time as this movie had suffered from terrible loss of quality. I with Amazon check the quality of its streams...
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Regarding the various DVDs on offer: It's advisable to read the product description carefully as there are Region 1 products available which will not play on standard European devices, and also Region 2 discs produced in/for non English speaking countries which may not have English subtitles. The DVD I purchased is a German import. It does have an English audio track, but only with non-removable German subtitles. Also the set up is rather awkward, the language option has to be selected in the main menu (in German), switching between languages during play is not possible. No English subtitle option.
It deals with prejudice, old age, poor family relationships, keeping up appearances, and strict religious observance. I wonder if it would have been better in French with English subtitles, but for my part, I loved it, and shall watch it again sometime.
The director, Lasse Hallström, is quite bold in his interpretation of the source book, but provided that one can accept the changes then his vision and the performances he elicits from his chosen cast are about as good as they get. Singling out individual performances would be unfair, the principals being uniformly excellent, and with first class help from a pretty star-studded group of supporting minor characters.
Not as dark as the original but no worse for that, just a different tale.
Is "Try to be a bit nicer" profound enough to be deemed a Message? It is what I imagine many will take away from this, Message or not. For a simple 2 hours of lightish entertainment suitable for all but the youngest viewer this has much to commend it.