The Sweet Success of 'Chocolat' Starring Juliette Binoche

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Céline Sallette, Juliette Binoche et Mélanie Thierry au festival du film de Cabourg © Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Céline Sallette, Juliette Binoche et Mélanie Thierry au festival du film de Cabourg © Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
Céline Sallette, Juliette Binoche et Mélanie Thierry au festival du film de Cabourg © Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

"Chocolat" by Lasse Hallström stands out as a delectable masterpiece, an enchanting tale woven with the threads of romance, drama, and a touch of magic. Released in 2000, this Hollywood rom-com based on Joanne Harris' novel features the exceptional talents of Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp...

 

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Within the vast array of cinematic gems, "Chocolat" by Lasse Hallström stands out as a delectable masterpiece, an enchanting tale woven with the threads of romance, drama, and a touch of magic. Released in 2000, this Hollywood rom-com based on Joanne Harris' novel features the exceptional talents of Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp, who were carefully chosen to bring the characters of Vianne Rocher and Roux to life. Chocolat was released four years after the two films that opened the doors of Hollywood to Juliette Binoche: "The English Patient" and "Un divan à New York", which you can watch now on TV5MONDEplus.

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A rom-com in picturesque rural France

Directed by Lasse Hallström, "Chocolat" unfolds in the fictional French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, where the arrival of the mysterious Vianne Rocher, played by Juliette Binoche, sparks a transformative chain of events. Vianne opens a chocolaterie during the season of Lent, challenging the conservative norms of the village. The film navigates themes of tradition, rebellion, and the potent magic of love.

If "Chocolat" was such a successful movie despite a rather short premise, it's thanks to its meticulous casting choices. Juliette Binoche (Vianne) and Johnny Depp (Roux), who plays the roving riverboat traveler who becomes entwined with Vianne's life, have such a chemistry on screen that many suspected at the time that the two were an item. Let's just say, their scenes together were the "key" ingredient the film's success.

Chocolat: Box Office Triumph and Critical Acclaim

Following its release, Lasse Hallstrom's "Chocolat" experienced a triumphant journey at the box office. Audiences worldwide were captivated by the film's enchanting narrative and the Juliette Binoche-Johnny Depp chemistry.

The film earned five nominations at the 73rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture and a well-deserved nod to Juliette Binoche for Best Actress, who also received a Golden Globe nomination. Binoche's outstanding performance in "Chocolat" earned her the prestigious European Film Award for Best Actress.

What nationality is Juliette Binoche?

Born on March 9, 1964, in Paris, Juliette Binoche is French. She learned English early on in her life with the dream of acting in Hollywood films. Binoche was in her mid-thirties during the filming of "Chocolat." Her portrayal of Vianne Rocher still remains one of her most famous roles around the world.

What movies did Juliette Binoche play in?

Binoche's filmography extends way beyond the rom-com genre. In France she is known for her role in dramas and indie movies, whereas in America, she has been mostly featured in blockbusters. So, which Juliette Binoche's movies should you know? In "La Bonne Épouse", she portrays a woman grappling with societal norms in post-war France, showcasing her ability to delve into complex characters. Juliette Binoche's role in "The English Patient" earned her widespread recognition and critical acclaim, solidifying her status as a leading actress in the global film industry. "Summer Hours" and "Both Sides of the Blade" further showcase her talent for selecting roles that challenge and captivate audiences. And if you want to keep on the rom-com theme, tune on TV5MONDEplus for "Un divan à New York" with Juliette Binoche and William Hurt on TV5MONDEplus.

Is the movie "Chocolate" based on a true story?

Fact or Fiction? Sadly, "Chocolat" is not directly based on a true story! It is based on Joanne Harris' book of the same name, which was released in 1999.

Is "Chocolat" Worth Watching?

"Chocolat" is a cinematic gem that transcends the boundaries of the classic rom-com genre. Its enchanting narrative, coupled with stellar performances from Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp and Judi Dench, make it a must-watch for film enthusiasts. The film seamlessly blends romance and drama and is definitely worth watching for the beautiful landscape of rural France.

What town was Chocolat filmed in?

"Chocolat" was filmed in the picturesque village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, located in the Burgundy region of France not far from Dijon. The movie utilized the village's cobbled streets, medieval buildings, and stunning views of the French countryside to create the perfect backdrop for the film's story.

Is "Chocolat" Suitable for Kids?

While "Chocolat" carries a PG-13 rating, signifying that the content is generally suitable for all audiences, parental discretion is advised. The film's thematic elements and brief scenes may be more suitable for older children.

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