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Jun 1, 2004


It has all the airs of a best selling novel made into a film - in its style of narration, in the particular type of story involved and in the development of characters. Juliette Binoche plays a woman who opens a choclatarie in a remote French village with her small daughter, Anouk. The villagers first treat her as an unwanted guest who had invaded into their quiet peaceful lives with a mysterious and devious sweetness that goes by the name of chocolate.

The film follows Binoche's character thru' her encounters with villagers - some pleasant and some not so pleasant, her rebellions against the rigid village code and her meeting with a mysterious stranger - Johnny Depp. Its a modern day fairy tale directed by Lasse Halstrom which talks about things French and thus enchanting to the American audience.