Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Chocolat – Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche

Starring Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina as the count, and Leslie Caron. A favourite film of mine, but also a very good read by Joanne Harris.

Screenwriter Robert Nelson and director Lasse Hallstrom did a fine job on adapting the book for cinema, and it was nominated for 5 Academy Awards and 8 BAFTAs.

Chocolat tells the story of a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives at the fictional, repressed French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter and opens La Chocolaterie Maya, a small chocolaterie. Her chocolate quickly begins to change the lives of the townspeople, particularly the grandmother (Julie Dench) who hasn't any contact with her grandson, and the abused wife (played by the partner of the director, I believe). On offer now at Amazon for $9.99!

Chocolat - Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche

Johnny Depp on guitar in the film

Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche in Chocolat

  If you think playing guitar will bring Juliette running ... think again!

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