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Director: Claude Chabrol     Starring: Jacques Dutronc Isabelle Huppert
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40217640
UPC: 720229910583
UPC 14: 00720229910583
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Merci Pour Le Chocolat, his 48th feature film, is vintage Claude Chabrol: intricate plots wend their way through the elegant homes of several well-heeled French-Swiss, in the environs of Lausanne, Switzerland. Isabelle Huppert stars as Mika, the culture-attired, oh-so-perfect head of a company that manufactures Swiss chocolate; Jacques Dutronc is Andre, her suave, concept pianist husband whose first wife died years ago in a mysterious car accident.

How is it that Andre's teenage son has no musical talent, while the stunning Heanne, who shares his birthday, is already a world-class pianist? And why does Huppert insist that everyone sip the hot chocolate she prepares so faithfully each evening? Chabrol has fashioned a delectable mystery, dipped in darkest Swiss chocolate.

"Serious fun! A witty, psychological thriller!  The Village Voice
"An impeccable study in perversity.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"An elegant, exquisitely modulated psychological thriller.  Susan Stark, Detroit News

Editor's Note
MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT, a beautifully crafted and delectably delivered mystery suspense story directed by Claude Chabrol, stars the icy Isabelle Huppert as Mika, the perfect wife, mother, and career woman who runs a chocolate factory passed down from her father. But something is amiss. Mika has recently remarried the famous concert pianist Andre Polonski (a handsome, charming Jacques Dutronc), whose second wife died tragically. While that dark event hangs unpleasantly over their heads, it is Mika who tries to make things work again, lavishing praise upon her husband and her teenage step son, Guillaume (Rodolphe Pauly), and serving them homemade hot chocolate every evening. Meanwhile, Jeanne (Anna Mouglalis), a young woman who was born on the same day in the same hospital as Guillaume, delights in her natural gift for playing the piano, eager to learn more. When Jeanne hears a strange story about how, on the day of her birth, she was momentarily confused as Andre Polonski's baby, she cannot dismiss the bizarre coincidence of her talent for piano, and wonders if somehow she is his true daughter. Curious, she goes to Andre's house where she becomes tangled in Mika's chocolate web. Dense with symbolism and subtle, brilliant camerawork, MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT is Claude Chabrol's 48th film, another masterpiece adding to long list of excellent films including LES BICHES, LA CEREMONIE, and MADAME BOVARY.

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Video Features DVD, French, English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: First Run Features
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/23/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 910583-D
Video UPC UPC: 00720229910583
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: French
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: French
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.66:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anna Mouglalis
Video Cast Info Brigitte Catillon
Video Cast Info Isabelle Huppert
Video Cast Info Jacques Dutronc
Video Cast Info Michel Robin
Video Cast Info Rodolphe Pauly
Video Cast Info Charlotte Armstrong - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Renato Berta - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Claude Chabrol - Director
Video Cast Info Monique Fardoulis - Editor
Video Cast Info Matthieu Chabrol - Original Music
Video Cast Info Marin Karmitz - Producer
Video Cast Info Ivan Niclass - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Caroline Eliacheff - Writer
Video Cast Info Claude Chabrol - Writer

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"...A pitch-dark comedy of manners that builds to a tragic revelation....Chabrol remains at the height of his powers....MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT crackles with wit and elegance, humor and pathos..." 08/16/2002 p.C14

Entertainment Weekly
"...Huppert has never been this cheerful, or lethal, and the movie itself is like Hitchcock's REBECCA reshot for 'House & Garden' with all the ghosts pulled out of the closet..." 10/04/2002 p.126

Sight and Sound
"[The film] finds Chabrol in playful, malicious groove....Chabrol is probing away at the tensions, guilt and jealousies that exit in even seemingly the most well-adjusted bourgeois families." 06/01/2010

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
The appeal of Merci Pour le Chocolat is not in the somewhat creaky old poisoning plot, not in the hints of suppressed family secrets, not in the suspense about what will happen next--but in the enigma within which Huppert conceals her characters While all those around her plot, scheme, hope and fear, she simply looks on, and pours the chocolate. What is she thinking? What does she want? Who is she? Her appeal in film after film is maddening, perverse and seductive. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Huppert,Isabelle
Product attributeLabel:   First Run Feature
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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