January 5th, 2001

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Still of Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench in ChocolatStill of Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche in ChocolatSalma Hayek at event of ChocolatStill of Carrie-Anne Moss and Hélène Cardona in ChocolatStill of Alfred Molina and Hélène Cardona in ChocolatJuliette Binoche stars as Vianne

A woman and her daughter open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the rigid morality of the community.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.3/10 (78,597 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: Lasse Hallström

Stars: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina

When a single mother and her six-year-old daughter move to rural France and open a chocolate shop - with Sunday hours - across the street from the local church, they are met with some skepticism. But as soon as they coax the townspeople into enjoying their delicious products, they are warmly welcomed.

Writers: Joanne Harris, Robert Nelson Jacobs

Alfred Molina - Comte de Reynaud
Carrie-Anne Moss - Caroline Clairmont
Aurelien Parent Koenig - Luc Clairmont (as Aurèlien Parent Koenig)
Antonio Gil - Jean-Marc Drou (as Antonio Gil-Martinez)
Hélène Cardona - Francoise 'Fuffi' Drou
Harrison Pratt - Dedou Drou
Gaelan Connell - Didi Drou
Elisabeth Commelin - Yvette Marceau
Ron Cook - Alphonse Marceau
Guillaume Tardieu - Baptiste Marceau
Hugh O'Conor - Pere Henri
John Wood - Guillaume Blerot
Lena Olin - Josephine Muscat
Peter Stormare - Serge Muscat
Leslie Caron - Madame Audel

Taglines: What do you see?


Official Website: Bac Films [France] |

Release Date: 5 January 2001

Filming Locations: Bara Hall, Hayes, Middlesex, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $157,624 (USA) (17 December 2000) (8 Screens)

Gross: $152,699,946 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Some of the extras used in the movie were from the town.

Continuity: When Vianne takes the newspaper down from the shop window on the day it opens, the shots from the inside show the window covered in dust and cobwebs, while from the outside the window is clean and shining.

[first lines]
Storyteller: Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité - Tranquility. If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you. You knew your place in the scheme of things. And if you happened to forget...

User Review

What a wise and beautiful movie!

Rating: 10/10

I saw Chocolat again last night. I had forgotten how lovely a movie it is! People need stories like this these days.

Some other viewers have complained about the predictability of the plot. I don't think it's any more predictable than an average Hollywood film; I find most action films much more predictable and shallow.

The most beautiful thing about the movie (as about Hallström movies generally) is the wise, warm-hearted story about things that matter: love, sincerity, tolerance, standing up for the things you believe are righteous and good, and enjoying the simple pleasures in life, like a good dinner with friends, or like chocolate :) And Hallström tells his stories so delicately, in his very own style, with fine nuances and a twinkle of humour in his eye. Binoche, Dench, Depp, Molina, Thivisol etc. are fantastic.

I'm so glad I saw the movie. It always makes me think and feel a lot.

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