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485 Ratings


Directed by Claire Denis
Cameroon, 1988


A depiction of the relationships between the races set in Cameroon prior to its independence as seen through the eyes of a young white girl and her black servant. Claire Denis’ feature film debut.

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Chocolat Directed by Claire Denis

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  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Chocolat

    An very good debut from Claire Denis, yet I can't help but think it pales in comparison to her later works, which is what keeps me from liking it more.

  • Jacques de Villiers's rating of the film Chocolat

    Living in South Africa and having to confront on a day-to-day basis many of the postcolonial issues that Denis explores, I found this film amongst the most politically subtle and astute films about colonisation that I have ever seen. Even in a post-Apartheid South Africa, racial and class relationships are frequently as polarizing as they're presented here. An intensely relevant film.

  • Y.'s rating of the film Chocolat

    Chocolat is an examination of the relationship between the coloniser and the colonised. What I find particularly interesting is that whilst the differences created by class and race are palpable between master and servant, they are only brought to light, when an outsider french family fully expresses their contempt for the colonised.

  • Mike A's rating of the film Chocolat

    An absolute masterpiece. The long takes, wide angles and autonomy of each shot allow a willfulness of style without didacticism or rhythmic interruption; the zooms and tracks are both individually assertive and totally subsumed into the larger tapestry. That's what you can pull off when you make authorial self-conscious your central mode.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Chocolat

    Une oeuvre, certes fort personnelle, mais où les principaux personnages ne sortent pas d'une schématisation, voire d'une gênante caricature...

  • Renton47's rating of the film Chocolat

    We regard children as slight in the world but often they look at things with a more discerning eye than we could hope for. How to explain to them the world we have constructed, what their place in it means? Young France skirts around the events of the film but thankfully she will forever be scarred but what she learns. Sometimes life is as obvious as it seems to a child. Gorgeous, haunting film.

  • CarlosEsquives's rating of the film Chocolat

    Sutil cuando se trata de refractar las emociones, tanto sociales, de poder, como las sexuales o de deseo. Claire Denis realiza un filme en donde (a excepción de una escena de una riña) nada se consuma. Camerún (por entonces en sus últimos años como colonia) se manifiesta en un caserío como un espacio público(sirvientes) y otro privado(extranjeros).Es una división imaginaria, como el horizonte. Hay una mirada infantil

  • Swamp Leech's rating of the film Chocolat

    As always with Claire Denis, no matter how much is left unexplained or how fragmented things are, we are carried along by the humanity, and spellbinding nature of her images (credit also to Agnes Godard). She leaves space for us to think abut the relationships in the film which are interesting and unpredictable. Loved it!