Dove Review Somehow religious dogma had become so strict among the citizens of Lansquenet that exclusion became more important than inclusion. For once these characters turned their backs on vice, they also began turning their backs on those with vices. And it does so with exceptional performances and a storyline complete with enough twists and turns to keep you glued to the screen.
A simple film blended together with brilliant subtlety Tweet Every once in a while a film comes along that slips under the guard of even the most passionate film buff, destined to emerge as a surprisingly huge hit once the popular word gets around.
Chocolat was unknown to many until it was nominated for five Academy Awards in a particularly strong Oscar field. Having not seen the film during its theatrical run in Australia, I was looking forward to watching the DVD and deciding whether the hype and praise was justified.
Movie Set in the French village of Lansquenet during the s, the film tells the story of Vianne Rocher, who drifts from town to town with her daughter, and sets up a Chocolaterie during Easter.
Being a highly religious establishment, her delectable venture causes more than the odd stir, with the Mayor of the town determined to undermine the business which threatens to make a mockery of their religious fasting during the period of Lent. But the town is also relatively monotonous for many, and the chocolaterie soon becomes the alluring change they have all subconsciously been waiting for.
So did mine when I watched the film actually.
Very little goes on the town of Lansquenet, which translates into very little action on screen in the film. However, it is the unspoken word and creative subtlety that drive the key issues in the story. Just like his previous efforts, Lasse Halstrom delivers not so much in the entertainment stakes, but in the alarmingly accurate portrayal of characters and their situations.
The Cider House Rules looked into the minds of the characters and lifted a realistic story into the realm of greatness. Chocolat continues the trend by steering away from the familiar path and providing us with a suburban story filled with interesting relationships.
Vianne and her daughter are meant to stand out, and the rest of the townspeople are drawn one by one by their charm and, of course, their chocolate.
Juliette Binoche was first choice to play Vianne, and no one could have done any better. She oozes generosity and charisma, charming the pants of both the characters and the audience with ease.
She is pivotal to the likeability of the characters and the story, and is totally convincing as a single mother trying to make her way in her own unique style. Alfred Molina plays the disgruntled and vengeful mayor to a tea. Video The film is presented in 1.
The transfer is stunning, with the colours of the town rendered particularly well amongst the light colours of the buildings and sun-lit surroundings. Achieving a high level of cinematography was obviously a priority, so this transfer thankfully does the film justice.
The picture seems to be softened a little, but is appropriate to the kind of feeling the film is going for.
Overall, a particularly attractive picture, due both to the cinematography and the impressive transfer. Audio The score for the film is the most remarkable audio element on the disc.
The changes in music are played to perfection without going for the totally obvious when the mood of the film is shifted. To push the score out to the ears we have a Dolby Digital 5. Extras Included on the disc is a nice group of extras, covering most of the additional material we would want to know about the film.
Hallstrom is an interesting person, as evidenced by another extra included on the disc, but in the commentary he is relatively quiet compared to the producers. There is a fair bit of information to cover the whole track and it is definitely worth a listen, though its probably not one of the most remarkable commentaries of recent times.
The Making Of featurette is a notch above the promotional fluff we often witness, with interviews and behind the scenes footage neatly cut together with shots from the film. There are more bits of information to glean from this minute piece, which is a worthy addition and a good companion to the commentary track.
The other featurette concerns the costumes and, though short, it is definitely an interesting addition to the disc, with the film obviously placing high importance on the look of the characters on screen. They range from the short to the very impressive, with a touching scene involving Judi Dench taking up a position in the latter category.
Overall There is no doubt Chocolat surprised me just how good it actually was. It is presented on an equally impressive disc, with quality extras doing enough to satisfy.Details: , Rest of the world, UK, USA, Cert 12, mins Direction: Lasse Hallstrom Genre: Comedy / Romance Summary: A woman opens a chocolate shop in a small French town, much to the.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom A charming and edifying comic fable about hospitality set in a small French town whose repressive mayor squares off against a free-spirited woman who dispenses more than sweetness in her chocolate shop.
Directed by: Lasse Hallstrom, I saw this film first several years ago, and it immediately became one of my "favourites". The film is based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris. A popular director of drama-tinged comedies, Lasse Hallström segued from Swedish television and directing virtually all of ABBA's music videos to forging a successful Hollywood career without abandoning his European sensibilities.
Chocolat (French pronunciation:) is a British-American romantic comedy-drama film based on the novel Chocolat by Joanne Harris, and was directed by Lasse Hallström.
Film director, TV Director, Award Nominee, TV Producer, Film writer, Award Winner, Person, Influence Node, Film story contributor, Film cinematographer Lars Sven "Lasse" Hallström is a Swedish film director and screenwriter.