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Dirigido por Claire Denis
França, Alemanha Ocidental, 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 Dirigido por Claire Denis
Few auteurs of the past 30 years have been able to match Denis’s gifts at distilling mood and atmosphere; her narratives, at once immediate and oblique, are conveyed via an inexhaustible arsenal of ineradicable sights and sounds. What’s most remarkable about Chocolat (1988), Denis’s first feature, is the degree to which her superb command of the sensuous is already apparent.
September 15, 2015
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Claire Denis came to us seemingly fully formed. Watching Chocolat, her first feature film, more than 20 years after it came out, one is struck by how unmistakably hers it is. The images are strange yet familiar… At once cerebral and sensual, a bewitching tapestry of fragments and elisions, the movie is that rarest of pleasures: a debut picture that clearly announces the arrival of a singular sensibility.
June 27, 2009
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Like an Edith Wharton novel, Chocolat appropriates the conventions of a romance plot to comment on restrictive social structures, specifically the complexities of a colonial system that simultaneously dehumanizes and hypersexualizes the colonized, while also degrading the colonizer. It’s brilliantly executed—a story told completely in small but significant gestures.
March 16, 2005
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  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Chocolat

    The child's-eye-view filters the stuff of melodrama through memory. And then Denis' slippery structure refracts it into a deeply complex film about personal/political past that, like her best, and like life experience, presents a variety of contradictions while being totally cohesive. For starters, is it mournful or optimistic? Answer: Yes. Denis was there to introduce it, and she had a terrible cough. Get well soon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • J__'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 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.

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