This film is simply lovely. The portrayal of a village's journey from being a repressed, almost Victorian, community to a vibrant, colourful 1950s liberation is beautiful. The transformation is brought about through the arrival of Vianne, who brings the passionate world of Chocolaterie to the pleasure-denied village.
What happens next is a journey the whole village is taken on, as they each in turn embrace or struggle with change. With actors including Johnny Depp, Juliet Binoche and Judi Dench, this film cannot disappoint. The narration makes it sounds almost fairytale-esque, adding to the magic of this beautiful story.
I recommend it to chocolate lovers, vintage-era lovers, Johnny Depp fans, and absolutely anyone who enjoys a good story told through film. It is slightly risque in parts, so I think the 12 rating is appropriate, but is certainly suitable for teenagers.
A lovely, heartwarming film - enjoy with a cup of cocoa and chocolate biscuit!