Although designed as a Lent Study Course (the setting for the film being a French village during Lent), I would say that this is a suitable study for any time of year (especially for the more devout who might be off chocolate for Lent!)
As a group we planned to meet once a week over a period of six weeks, the first simply to watch the thoroughly absorbing video of the film 'Chocolat' on which the text is based, the next five to go through each of the five study chapters, questions and allocated video extracts (which we were always loathed to stop running on). We decided to rotate the leadership for each session and managed with just one copy of the book, although a copy each would be good for personal study follow up. We finished each session with refreshments that invariably included some form of chocolate. So taken with the film we all decided to tag on a seventh meeting to watch the film in its entirety again followed by a mini chocolate party!!
During the course of the study various characters within the film, their attitudes to church and faith are studied, together with appropriate Bible passages and in so doing greatly challenges our own characters and attitudes in a light-hearted yet very real and penetrating way.
Having been part of various Church house-groups for many many years, I would say that this study was the most enjoyable, inspiring, challenging and group bonding I have done, appealing to a wide adult age range. Well done Hilary Brand!