Chocolat (Blu-ray)

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Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp star in the "delicious? (Good Morning America) romantic comedy that swept audiences off their feet and earned 5 Oscar nominations including Best Picture. When Vianne (Binoche) arrives into a sleepy, old-fashioned French village and opens a chocolate shop, she sends the townspeople into a flutter with her uniquely gifted treats. Before long the straitlaced villagers find themselves abandoning their reservations and succumbing to their deepest desires! But when the handsome stranger Roux (Depp) breezes into town, Vianne discovers that she too is susceptible to the charms of love in this sweet confection from the director of The Cider House Rules.

Specifications

Studio Lions Gate
SKU 221523361
UPC 031398140580
UPC 14 00031398140580
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
1950s
France
Romance
Small Towns
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note It is the late 1950s, but it might as well be the late 1850s in a small French town where everyone behaves as they should (supposedly), and attends church regularly. When a strong North wind blows through town, it brings the vivacious and mysterious Vianne (Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol). Vianne is soon the talk of the town: an unwed mother who declines to go to church and opens up a chocolate shop in the midst of Lent. Her good-natured, honorable personality and psychic ability (she can predict what kind of sweets best suit each person, and magically cures each of them of their particular maladies) make her as irresistible as her delectable treats. However, Vianne and her daughter are resented by the conservative mayor, the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), and by the pious Caroline (Carrie-Anne Moss), who has disowned her own spirited mother (Judi Dench, who plays Vianne's landlady), refusing the elderly woman access to her beloved grandson.This touching fairy tale, based on the novel by Joanne Harris, was filmed on location in rural France. An intelligent, exquisitely filmed fable that deals with the idea of 20th Century paganism rising up against a closed-minded church and a persevering aristocracy, CHOCOLAT is enjoyable, romantic, and entertaining, with affecting performances by both its stars and its supporting actors (Lena Olin and Johnny Depp.)
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...As fudge-y as advertised....[Binoche is] luscious..." 01/12/2001 p.58
Sight and Sound "...A radiant central performance from Juliette Binoche and appealing supporting turns from Judi Dench and Johnny Depp....The film is beautifully shot..." 03/01/2001 p.42-4
Total Film "...[CHOCOLAT has] many pleasures. It's often very funny and the town looks a treat, a sort of Neverneverland that lends the movie a fairytale quality..." 04/01/2001 p.94
Los Angeles Times "...CHOCOLAT is as delectable as its title....It emerges as a splendid work in the grand humanist tradition of the classic cinema of France..." 12/15/2000 p.C2
Directors
Lasse Hallstrom
Actors
Juliette Binoche
Judi Dench
Johnny Depp
Cast & Crew
Peter Stormare - Star
John Wood - Star
Juliette Binoche - Star
Leslie Caron - Star
Lena Olin - Star
Alfred Molina - Star
Carrie-Anne Moss - Star
Judi Dench - Star
Johnny Depp - Star
Hugh O'Conor - Star
Robert Nelson Jacobs - Screenwriter
Joanne Harris - Source Writer
Rachel Portman - Composer
Bob Weinstein - Executive Producer
Meryl Poster - Executive Producer
Andrew Mondshein - Editor
Roger Pratt - Director of Photography
Alan C. Blomquist - Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein - Executive Producer
Kit Golden - Producer
David Gropman - Production Designer
David Brown - Producer
Leslie Holleran - Producer
Lasse Hallstrom - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2000
UPC 00031398140580
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 122 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
  
Features
Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1), Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Charming and whimsical

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