- Lasse Hallström
- Reviewed by
- a.k.a. Jacinda
- Review date
- Saturday, March 24, 2001
I couldn’t have been more surprised how a simple story can brighten up the screen as Chocolat does. This is mainly due to the stunning and very likable performances by all members of the cast. Juliette Binoche couldn’t have been more charming and convincing. Judi Dench steals the show as stubborn old lady that she plays with dignity. Moreover Alfred Molina’s character of the mayor turns out to be not the real bad guy as he is simply a man with high moral standards that had to find out that his own wife was not following his principles. To compensate this disappointment and loss he tries to educate his towns people to better human beings. Johnny Depp was perfect for the role of Roux, but my favorite choice would still be the charming invisible kangaroo Pantoufle.
At first sight Chocolat looks like a simple fairy tale. But if you have a closer look it resembles a parable. It deals with moral issues like tradition and progress, love and lust, self-esteem and obstinacy and above all with tolerance. The magic and beauty of the story lies in its small details and simplicity. Chocolat is an irresistible temptation for all senses. It is a light comedy that made me fall in love with movies all over again. I can only recommend a cup of hot chocolate with some chili pepper to anyone not in favor of this movie!
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