Las Vegas Film Society


Brief Sensuality/some violence
Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom
Written by: Robert Nelson Jacobs
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lena Olin

Itsí been awhile since Iíve went into a movie with good expectations, and comeout overwelmed. Chocolat did that for me. I had know idea this movie was going to be so good and so charming.

A mysterious stranger, Vianne(Juliette Binoche) arrives with her daughter in a tranquill French town where she isnít welcome and decieds to open up a chocolate shop. Binoche plays a almost goddess like woman, who works her magic(when I say magic, sheís not magical!) in her chocolate and have the town overcome by her confections.

Even though this isnít listed as a comedy, chocolat has a lot of laughs and charm to keep you watching. A stellar and talented cast also brings much enjoyment to the film. This is indeed a wonderful date movie and a movie that will somehow get into you-much like the chocolate does in the movie.

Parting thoughts-even though this has been recognized and nominated as best picture for 2000, I do think it deserves this status, but doesnít desrve best picture-but still lands on my top ten list for 2000.

-John Steffens

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