• 12
  • Lasse Hallström (2000)
  • UK / US
  • 116 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Director Lasse Hallström followed up The Cider House Rules with this delightful romantic comedy drama, adapted from the novel by Joanne Harris. Set in the late 1950s, it stars Juliette Binoche as a rootless mother who appears overnight in a small French village and brazenly opens a chocolate shop - during Lent. Staunch Catholic mayor Alfred Molina disapproves of her lifestyle and fears the challenge to his authority, but Binoche's confections are soon raising spirits (and more), particularly among the local wives. The arrival of handsome river gypsy Johnny Depp further inflames passions. Hallström skilfully creates a sense of the stifling nature of provincial life, and of a deeper spiritual malaise for which the bewitching Binoche offers a panacea. Watching this is the cinematic equivalent of putting a piece of chocolate in your mouth - a truly delicious experience.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy drama starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. The pious inhabitants of a small French village are angered when Vianne Rocher arrives and opens a chocolate shop - during Lent. But Vianne and her confectionery have an attraction that is hard to resist.

Cast and crew


Vianne Rocher
Juliette Binoche
Josephine Muscat
Lena Olin
Johnny Depp
Armande Voizin
Judi Dench
Comte de Reynaud
Alfred Molina
Serge Muscat
Peter Stormare
Caroline Clairmont
Carrie-Anne Moss
Madame Audel
Leslie Caron
Guillaume Bierot
John Wood (2)


Lasse Hallström

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Buena Vista
Some swearing.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Released 2 Mar 2001
Certificate 12