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Lasse Hallström (2000)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A woman and her daughter move to a sleepy French village in 1959 and brazenly open a chocolate shop directly opposite the Catholic parish church during Lent. At first the locals are enraged and appalled, but her confections soon raise spirits in the community, especially among the wives. Drama adapted from Joanne Harris's novel, with Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina and Judi Dench.

Cast & Crew

Vianne Rocher Juliette Binoche
Josephine Muscat Lena Olin
Roux 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)
Director Lasse Hallström
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Buena Vista Guidance: Some swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 2 Mar 2001


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