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Chocolat
Chocolat
8.1
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7,371 Ratings

CHOCOLAT

Directed by Claire Denis
France, West Germany, 1988
Drama

Synopsis

A young French woman returns to the silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family’s houseboy, Protee – a man of great nobility and beauty – and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society.

Synopsis

A young French woman returns to the silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family’s houseboy, Protee – a man of great nobility and beauty – and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society.

Our take

One of the great auteurs of cinema, Claire Denis marked her arrival with this breathtaking, semi-autobiographical masterpiece. Starring arthouse favorite Isaach de Bankolé, Chocolat sees Denis exhibit her characteristic eye for landscapes and male physicality amid the power dynamics of colonialism.