Art As Film - "Chocolat"

We all have them - the movies that we've watched dozens of times if we've watched them once. Sometimes they're funny. Sometimes they're bizarre. Sometimes you need a box of tissue and a rainy afternoon to help make the experience complete. But the movies that call to us over and over again all have something in common - a successful creative team.

Each aspect of film making is an art in itself. There's writing, casting, costuming, acting, directing, set design, musical score, and editing to name a few. Loving attention to each area results in a successful team and lasting impressions in the hearts of the masses.

In honor of Valentine's Day, I offer "Chocolat" as my first favorite film. It's a great story, the characters are intriquing, and it's beautifully filmed in France. Chocolate has never looked better than in this film, and when you add Johnny Depp to the mix there's nothing but finger licking goodness.

THE PLOT (Taken from Wikipedia)

Vianne Rocher, (Juliette Binoche) like her ancestors, drifts across France. In the winter of 1959, she travels to a tranquil French village, where she and her daughter Anouk (Victoire Thivisol) open a small chocolaterie. The store imbues both wonder and angst within the classical villagers as it opens during the forty days of Lent.

Soon, Vianne's allure and confections enlivens a married couple's aphrodisia, encourages an elderly man's secret love, brings rapport with a willful diabetic, and comforts an awkward woman who longs to leave her drunk and abusive husband. Nonetheless, the devout village mayor, Comte Paul de Reynaud (Alfred Molina), sees Vianne as an immoral provocateur and quietly contests against her. The battle peaks when a band of river gypsies camp on the village outskirts and Vianne finds a mutual attraction with the Manush Romani (Gypsy) Roux (Johnny Depp).

This clip from "Chocolat" contains some of my favorite scenes. Enjoy!

UPDATE: May 1, 2010 Video clip removed by Youtube due to copyright infringement claims. Here's an image of the video box instead.

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