Monday, February 22, 2016

Chocolat (2000)

Academy Awards, USA 2001

Best Picture
David Brown
Kit Golden
Leslie Holleran
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Juliette Binoche
Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Judi Dench
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published
Robert Nelson Jacobs
Best Music, Original Score
Rachel Portman

Directed by Lasse Hallström
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

Juliette Binoche and her daughter open a funky chocolate shop in a small, conservative French town circa 1960. They create and sell confectionery with a secret ingredient based on a Mayan legend. Those who eat it magically have their lives turned around for the better. The mayor of the town, feeling threatened by her unconventional lifestyle, leads a movement to have her banished after she takes up with some local gypsies. Wonderfully filmed, but takes no chances and as a result lacks conviction.

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