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Chocolat

Year: 2000
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Alfred Molina, Judi Dench, Carrie Anne Moss, Lena Olin, Peter Stormare
A modern fable - an allegory for living free, throwing caution to the wind and letting your heart go (among other things) as Juliette Binoche plays a woman who follows the wind, picking up and moving her and her daughter whenever it blows in from the north.

It blows them into a conservative, buttoned down town in provincial France, and when she opens a chocolatiere, it sets tongues wagging around town, some of them none to happily as the townspeople - each in his own way - enjoys or resists a personal liberation of his own.

Many of the characters are archetypes (Molina and Depp in particular), but the scenery is gorgeous, the story interesting, the moral of the story beautiful and noble, and the cast both attractive and lovable.

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