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Chocolat Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

The most tempting of all sweets becomes the key weapon in a battle of sensual pleasure versus disciplined self-denial in this comedy. In 1959, a mysterious woman named Vianne (Juliette Binoche) moves with her young daughter into a small French village, where much of the community's activities are dominated by the local Catholic church. A few days after settling into town, Vianne opens up a confectionery shop across the street from the house of worship -- shortly after the beginning of Lent. While the townspeople are supposed to be abstaining from worldly pleasures, Vianne tempts them with unusual and delicious chocolate creations, using her expert touch to create just the right candy to break down each customer's resistance. With every passing day, more and more of Vianne's neighbors are succumbing to her sinfully delicious treats, but the Comte de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), the town's mayor, is not the least bit amused; he is eager to see Vianne run out of town before she leads the town into a deeper level of temptation. Vianne, however, is not to be swayed, and with the help of another new arrival in town, a handsome Irish Gypsy named Roux (Johnny Depp), she plans a "Grand Festival of Chocolate," to be held on Easter Sunday. Based on the novel by Joanne Harris, Chocolat features a distinguished supporting cast, including Judi Dench, Lena Olin, Carrie-Anne Moss, Peter Stormare, Hugh O'Conor, and Leslie Caron. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 2, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kit Golden Best Picture 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leslie Holleran Best Picture 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Roger Pratt Best Cinematography 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences David Brown Best Picture 2000 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Juliette Binoche Best Actress 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Juliette Binoche Best Actress 2000 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Juliette Binoche Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Juliette Binoche Best Actress 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Lena Olin Best Supporting Actress 2000 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Rachel Portman Best Original Score 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Rachel Portman Best Score 2000 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Judi Dench Best Supporting Actress 2000 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Judi Dench Best Supporting Actress 2000 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Judi Dench Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Judi Dench Best Supporting Actress 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Robert Nelson Jacobs Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Robert Nelson Jacobs Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Nelson Jacobs Best Adapted Screenplay 2000 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts David Gropman Best Production Design 2000 Nominee

Cast

Juliette Binoche
as Vianne Rocher
Lena Olin
as Josephine Muscat
Johnny Depp
as Roux
Judi Dench
as Armande Voizin
Alfred Molina
as Comte de Reynaud
Peter Stormare
as Serge Muscat
Carrie-Anne Moss
as Caroline Clairmont
Leslie Caron
as Madame Audel
John Wood
as Guillaume Blerot
Hugh O'Conor
as Pere Henri
Victoire Thivisol
as Anouk Rocher
Arnaud Adam

Crew

Lasse Hallström
Director
Leslie Holleran
Producer
Kit Golden
Producer
David Brown
Producer
Robert Nelson Jacobs
Screenwriter
Roger Pratt
Cinematographer
Rachel Portman
Composer (Music Score)
Bob Last
Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrew Mondshein
Editor
David Gropman
Production Designer
John Frankish
Art Director
Mark Cooper
Co-producer
Michelle Raimo
Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein
Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein
Executive Producer
Meryl Poster
Executive Producer
Alan C. Blomquist
Executive Producer
Stephenie McMillan
Set Designer
Stephenie McMillan
Set Decorator
Chris Munro
Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen P. Dunn
First Assistant Director
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Kerry Barden
Casting
Michelle Raimo
Co-Executive Producer
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