Chocolat Movie Review

1420 Words Nov 29th, 2012 6 Pages
Chelsea Tibbetts
CMS 202
10/3/12

Beyond the Pane is Pleasure: A Chocolat Review None are allowed to see what Vianne is concocting behind the windows concealed with newspaper. Away from the public eye, Vianne paints the walls of her shop with Mayan designs and places tribal sculptures on the shelves with care. Young schoolboys peek through the miniscule slivers in between the newspaper; their only means to observe the magic happening within its walls. They watch as the grinding of the cocoa beans begins. With a knowing smile Vianne stirs the cocoa into a chocolaty paste, swirling around and around the luscious, thick brown mixture in her cauldron of temptation and passion. Platters are loaded with delights such as
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The producers include David Brown, Leslie Holleran and Kit Golden. Executive producers are Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Alan C. Blomquist and Meryl Poster, with co-producer Mark Cooper. Lively music by Rachel Portman accompanies this adventurous story. The set was chosen by design producer, David Gropman, in the medieval French town of Flavigny, as well Dijon, France and in the West Country of England. Nominated for five Academy Awards, the film is rated PG-13 and runs for 122 minutes. Leading actors Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, and Carrie-Anne Moss captivate audiences of all ages with this fable-like tale. Chocolat is categorized as a drama and romance, but is set apart for its sub-genre as a “food film.” In a critical essay by Helene A. Shugart, she argues that food is an outlet to “engage and assuage anxieties attendant on contemporary cultural ambiguities and permeabilities.” Particularly for this devoutly religious town of 1960’s France, chocolate serves as a medium for a cultural upheaval. Producer Alan Blomquist noticed how ironic it was that “filming in Flavigny stiffed up its own small-town controversies, including a group of monks who had fears about the film 's theme of seeking pleasure in this world rather than waiting for the promise of a better one.” The tone for change was set before the production process began.

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