DVD Chocolat [DVD] [] [1995] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 12270),
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Chocolat [DVD] [] [1995] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • The disastrous effects of French colonialism are examined through the paradigm of a young girl's coming of age in French West Africa in Claire Denis' astonishing first film. As France, a woman traveling alone in Cameroon, slips into a dreamy and distant flashback, scenes of a makeshift existence come into focus. France's father, a district governor, and her fragile mother are living a relatively peaceful if somewhat strained existence when a plane carrying a gaggle of French imperialists and their entourage makes an emergency landing near their house. An ex-priest, a white plantation owner and his African concubine, and a newlywed couple are forced to stay with the family. The convergence of this motley crew forces tensions and troubles that were bubbling barely below the surface to silently erupt. Sexual tensions, as well as social and class struggles, explode, with expansive vistas of Cameroon as an astonishing yet innocent backdrop. The heat, the landscape, and the underlying and eroticized tension converge as the noble and austere houseboy, Protee, becomes the focus of France's memories and regrets.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1002215

  • Credits
    Mireille Perrier, Franois Cluzet, Francois Cluzet, Emmet Judson Williamson, Cecile Ducasse, Isaach de Bankol, Kenneth Cranham
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Some kind of miniature classic....[Denis] is astonishing...[and] CHOCOLAT is among the best..."
    New York Times

    Included in The New York Times "10 Best Films of 1989" List
    New York Times

    "...[Denis] treasures the elliptical and the allusive....CHOCOLAT is a film of some subtlety. It has good, even memorable moments to it, and it's beautiful looking..."
    Los Angeles Times

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