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Ratings & Reviews

  1. William R Clark's rating of the film Chocolat

    One of those debuts that carries the oeuvre to come without looking too grandiose about it; then again, Denis has made a career out of small details, habitats and habits that, through repetition, gain a sense of momentum. On this round I noticed how her performers tend to act with their entire bodies. Expressions other filmmakers would put in close-up stretch down to the feet.

  2. 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...

  3. 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.

  4. Chris's rating of the film Chocolat

    visually arresting... maybe a bit too slow but overall a great presentation of the difficult theme of colonialism, 7/10

  5. ammar's rating of the film Chocolat

  6. Adam GR's rating of the film Chocolat

    An iconic debut. Honest. Denis understands, and remembers, the role of colonization in Africa and the fractured, communal experiences it can stir up from the grit. Isaach de Bankolé in his prime!!!!!!!!!1111

  7. Bonnet Michel's rating of the film Chocolat

  8. Diderot's rating of the film Chocolat

    Remarkably good for a first time director. Denis was brilliant from day-one.

  9. 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.

  10. Hélène Musc's rating of the film Chocolat

  11. 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.

  12. Stevie's rating of the film Chocolat

    Denis' first feature is an intriguing first-hand look into colonisation and it's long-term impacts. The framing is perfect.

  13. Fernando Nahuel Marturet's rating of the film Chocolat

  14. Robert W Peabody III's rating of the film Chocolat

    Chocolate (1988) Chocolat DIR Claire Denis SCR Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau 105 Min _Here's my riddle: A charming young girl... weaves children around her neck._

  15. Nikyatu's rating of the film Chocolat

    Beautiful and unpredictable. For once the Big Black Man didn't succumb to the fetishizing sexual wiles of the delicate white woman.

  16. 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

  17. Damian's rating of the film Chocolat

    A subtle and astonishingly moving comment on colonialism, based on Denis' own upbringing. One of her best.

  18. 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.

  19. Mike Archibald'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.

  20. 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!