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Chocolat [DVD]

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  • Actors: Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström
  • Producers: David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 18 April 2011
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004UGALUE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,257 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In a small old-fashioned French town, single-mother Vianne (Juliette Binoche) arrives with her six-year-old daughter, and opens up a chocolate shop. Vianne creates some mouth-watering sweets which inspire the usually dull villagers to indulge their temptations and experience some true happiness. But it is only when handsome stranger Roux (Johnny Depp) arrives in the village that Vianne begins to recognise her own desires. Judi Dench won best supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of Armande Voisin, the freethinking landlady.

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Chocolat is an enchanting, moving and heart-warming tale of love and temptation, a big-budget movie with its roots in European art house cinema. Magical and almost fairytale-like in theme, it's the story of the mysterious Vianne and her arrival in a quiet, old-fashioned French town at the end of the 1950s. Gradually her attitude to life and the delicacies that she prepares in her chocolate shop have a marked effect on the local people, bound as they are by the twin forces of religion and politics.

Juliette Binoche is perfect in the role of the sensuous, captivating Vianne--a masterstroke of casting matched by the performance of Judi Dench as the splendidly grumpy but ultimately inspiring matriarch Armande. Very much an ensemble piece, the whole cast are indeed excellent, with Johnny Depp (making a fair fist of an Irish accent) superb as the drifter Roux, the one man capable of unlocking Vianne's own desires. From its majestic opening swoop to the final, joyous scene, Lasse Hallström's film, based on the bestselling novel, is nothing short of a masterpiece.

On the DVD: As befits such a film, the DVD is an elegant, well thought out package. The movie itself is a visual feast, a combination of a beautiful setting, rich, opulent colours and textures and a mystical atmosphere. There's a range of documentary features examining the style of the film and its background, as well as an audio commentary and some excellent scenes deleted from the final cut. More in-depth notes are to be found in the accompanying booklet and the whole thing adds up to one of the most satisfying DVD releases in a long time. In one of the accompanying documentaries, Depp wonders if it is possible to create art through cinema. It may be a difficult task, but Chocolat is proof that it can be done.--Phil Udell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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!
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Delicious! A delightful fantasy of life, love, the power of desire, and the fight of good and evil. Eating chocolate during lent is used as a metaphor for breaking through oppressive tradition and living life with no prejudices. As the priest says - judge youself by what you embrace, not what you deny. The film is a magical humourous whimsy set in a "never-was" french village brimming over with slightly unreal characters. Juliet Binoche, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin and Judi Dench are delightful in their roles - Alfred Molina especially good as the driven but tragic Mayor, keeping the character from being a pantomime villain. Leslie Caron is still as radiant as she was in Gigi, and Johnny Depp ties with Juliet Binoche for the title of most beautiful person on the planet! Although he's probably a better guitar player.
The DVD transfer shows off the deep rich textures of the chocolate and the town to perfection, and enhances the musical score, which is almost a character in itself. The extra material is welcome, though a little lightweight - the commentary by director and producers is informative, although a few members of the cast would have enhanced it. The deleted scenes looked very interesting, but the sound on them was unfortunately inaudible. The documentary was the usual entertaining fluff. I would still recommend the DVD over the video, though, if only for the perfect picture and sound.
It's interesting that all the Brits reviewing the film on Amazon.co.uk praise it for it's eccentricities and fantasy, whereas all the americans on Amazon.com damn it for being unrealistic and manipulative. A film for dreamers, not cynics, perhaps?...
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
This is a pleasant, though obvious, adult fable, broadly hinting at the often sensual, restorative, and mystical properties of chocolate. A beautiful and mysterious woman, Vianne, delightfully played by the winsome Juliette Binoche, along with her daughter, Anouk, arrive in a remote and very provincial French town, where she rents a patisserie from an elderly, crotchety woman, magnificently played by Judi Dench, and turns it into a chocolatier. From here, she concocts visually dazzling, mouthwatering amounts of chocolates, along with copious cups of hot cocoa made from a very special recipe, that are always sold or given by Vianne with a Julia Roberts style, mega watt smile. Vianne is always kind, compassionate, and tolerant. She is, therefore, a person to be feared by those who lack those traits. That is why she is greeted with bare civility by the town's mayor, wonderfully played by the always underrated, very talented Alfred Molina. He is a sanctimonious, intolerant, unhappy, religious prig, who insists on writing the sermons for the town's young, beleagured priest. Offended by Vianne's easy charm and her resistance to his invitation to attend church services, the mayor, whose hardened exterior hides a profound sorrow, declares war on Vianne, as he perceives her to be a threat to his established order of things.
Meanwhile, Vianne finally warms up and disarms her crotchety landlady, jumpstarts a tired marriage for two villagers, and befriends a battered woman, played with appropriate pathos, delicacy, and spirit by Lena Olin. She also manages a flirtation with an Irish drifter named Roux, well played by Johnny Depp, though they seem to lack chemistry together.
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By A Customer on 6 Nov. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
A really beautiful film adaptation of a beautiful novel. There are some big changes to the stoyline in the transition to film but for once I have to say that this does not detract one bit!
The casting was perfect, especially the wonderful Judi Dench who is always a joy to watch in any part. Johnny Depp's Irish tinker confused me a little though, is there any reason for him not being a french gypsy?!
As for the chocolates, they are stars of the show in their own right! Even the least sweet tooth would have to be tempted!!
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Let me tell you I am a twenty stone man who has been in a few fights in his time and have not got a romantic bone in my body. However this film is just sooooooooo nice it almost makes me cry. You can see the synopsis and characters etc by reading the other reviews so I won't bore you with my knowledge of trivia. This film is just fantastic in every sense of the word. Buy it or I will beat you up.
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