Merci Pour Le Chocolate (2002)
|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.
"An impeccable study in perversity. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"An elegant, exquisitely modulated psychological thriller. Susan Stark, Detroit News
Editor's NoteMERCI 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.
|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|