You and Your Truffles!
Review by Ross Anthony

ChocolatDelicious cinematography tops this creamy small town tale about a non-conformist spirit who opens up a temptingly luscious chocolate shop during the Holy Lent season in a rigidly religious French village.

Though a variety of not necessarily French accents abound, it's an English speaking film. After initially stirring up some sticky thick first third acting, the performances sweeten. Likewise, the pace picks up during the second half. Lena Olin is standout marvelous as Josephine, the town kleptomaniac.

ChocolatThe good-hearted, but nomadic Chocolate-maker/spirit-lifter asks another drifter, "Did you ever think about belonging somewhere?"

His response takes little thought, "No, you end up caring what people think of you."

The film's only fault lies in its light fluffy center. Though the characters are all very lovely and endearing ... they seem far away. They don't reach into our hearts and choke us up.

Filmed so gorgeously, the term eye-candy rolls apropos in the mouth. At times the script dips a bit into the too cute; but for the most part this is a solid, even Disney story. In fact, it reminded me a great deal of Disney's "Balloon Farm." "Chocolat's" last shot even includes a dangling balloon. A strong B+.

  • Chocolat. Copyright © 2000. Rated PG-13.
  • Starring Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina.
  • Directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
  • Written by Robert Nelson Jacobs.
  • Director of Photography: Roger Pratt.
  • Produced by David Brown, Kit Golden, Leslie Holleran distributed by Miramax.


Copyright © 2000. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit:

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