Chocolat

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Lasse Hallström
Production: Miramax
  Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 30 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.3
Metacritic:
64
Rotten Tomatoes:
62%
PG-13
Year:
2000
121 min
Website
778 Views

[Church bells chiming]

BOTH:
Bonjour, monsieur.

Bonjour.

Bonjour, monsieur. Say bonjour.

Bonjour.

Ahem.

STORYTELLER:
Once upon a time...

there was a quiet little village...

in the French countryside...

whose people believed in "tranquilit".

[Doors bang shut]

Tranquility.

[Organ playing]

CONGREGATION SINGING: Come Holy Ghost

Creator come

From Thy bright heavenly throne

Come take possession of our souls

And make them all Thine own

Far from us drive our...

STORYTELLER:
If you lived in this village...

you understood what was expected of you.

CONGREGATION SINGING: ...unto us bring

And through all...

STORYTELLER:
You knew your

place in the scheme of things.

And if you happened to forget,

someone would help remind you.

[Snorts]

The season of Lent is upon us.

This is, of course, a time of abstinence.

Hopefully, also a time of reflection.

Above all, let this be for us a time...

PERE:
a time of sincere penitence.

[Dog whimpers]

PERE:
It is a time to stand up and be counted.

STORYTELLER:
In this village...

if you saw something you weren't supposed to see...

you learned to look the other way.

PERE:
This is a time for Christ.

When you reflect, he knows what you reflect on.

STORYTELLER:
If by chance...

your hopes had been disappointed...

you learned never to ask for more.

PERE:
He knows for what you must be forgiven.

[Wind whistling]

So in this Year of Our Lord, 1959, things...

STORYTELLER:
So, through good times and bad...

famine and feast...

the villagers held fast to their traditions.

Until...

one winter day...

one winter day...

a sly wind blew in from the north.

PERE:
Where will we find truth?

[Wind blowing]

Where do we start looking?

[Wind whistling]

PERE:
Where will we find truth?

We will find it...

[Door closes]

Who the hell are you?

Oh, uh...

We're here about the patisserie.

We'd like to rent it...

VIANNE:
and the apartment above.

Where are you from?

Well, we lived in Andalucia for a while.

Let me see. Before that, Vienna...

and before that...

-Athens. -Pavia.

ANOUK:
Pantoufle hated it there.

Pantoufle is her kangaroo.

But he can't hop.

Bad leg. War injury, huh?

I'll expect you to keep it in good condition.

[Door slams]

[Vianne chuckles]

[Humming]

ANOUK:
What a nice town this is.

Don't you think so, Mama?

It's a lovely town.

Mama, Pantoufle wants to know how long we can stay.

VIANNE:
Oh, tell Pantoufle not to worry.

[Whispering]

Time for bed. What story tonight?

Pantoufle wants to hear about

grandmere and grandpere.

Not tonight, Anouska.

ANOUK:
You always say that.

Tell about grandmere and grandpere.

Not tonight.

How about the princess and the pirates?

ANOUK:
OK.

ANOUK:
Prepare to fire!

All hands on deck!

ANOUK:
Ready, aim...

fire!

REYNAUD:
Forgive the intrusion.

VIANNE:
It's a pleasure.

ANOUK:
Sorry, monsieur.

-Pirate attack. -Of course.

What is your name?

Anouk. What's yours?

I am the Comte de Reynaud at your service.

ANOUK:
A real one?

Like the Comte de Monte Cristo?

Ah-ah! He was not a real one.

VIANNE:
To what do we owe the honor of your visit?

Well, as mayor of Lansquenet...

I want to welcome you to the community...

and to invite you to worship

with us at mass on Sunday.

That's very kind of you, but

actually we don't attend.

VIANNE:
We're glad to be so near the church, though.

We'll enjoy singing with the bells.

The bells are not intended

as an entertainment, Madame.

They are a solemn call to worship for...

VIANNE:
Mademoiselle.

I beg your pardon?

Mademoiselle. I've never been married...

but feel free to call me Vianne.

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Robert Nelson Jacobs

Robert Nelson Jacobs (born 1954) is an American screenwriter. In 2000, he received an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Chocolat. In 2014, Jacobs was elected president of the Writers Guild Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting and preserving the craft of writing for the screen. more…

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