Merci Pour Le Chocolate

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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.


Studio First Run Features
SKU 40217640
UPC 720229910583
UPC 14 00720229910583
Format DVD
Release Date 8/27/2014
Family Life
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Claude Chabrol
Jacques Dutronc
Isabelle Huppert
Cast & Crew
Anna Mouglalis - Actor
Brigitte Catillon - Actor
Isabelle Huppert - Actor
Jacques Dutronc - Actor
Michel Robin - Actor
Rodolphe Pauly - Actor
Charlotte Armstrong - Based On Novel By
Renato Berta - Cinematographer
Claude Chabrol - Director
Monique Fardoulis - Editor
Matthieu Chabrol - Original Music
Marin Karmitz - Producer
Ivan Niclass - Production Designer
Caroline Eliacheff - Writer
Claude Chabrol - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2002
Catalog ID 910583-D
UPC 00720229910583
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 99 minutes
Color Color
Original Language French
Available Subtitles English
Available Audio Tracks French
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, French, English, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Huppert,Isabelle
Label First Run Feature
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
The Village Voice Serious fun! A witty, psychological thriller!
Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune An impeccable study in perversity.
Susan Stark, Detroit News An elegant, exquisitely modulated psychological thriller.

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