|By Mira Harber
a great way to help beat those winter blues. In the tradition of other
culinary feasts such as Babette's Feast and Eat, Drink, Man, Woman we now
have Chocolat ... This movie is a kind of fairy tale where
the battle that takes place is between chocolate and the Church.
(Juliet Binoche) and her young daughter arrive in a small, French town
during a storm, wearing red cloaks a la Little Red Riding Hood. They open
up a chocolate shop, full of irresistible delights. The only problem is
that the shop opens up during Lent, when denial and abstinence are supposed
to be the key attitudes. The towns principal citizen/bigot (Alfred Molina)
plots with a young priest to close the chocolate shop. The local citizenry
sneaks into the chocolaterie for these marvelous delights that inspire
lust, romance and heavenly satisfaction.
between the forces is further stirred up when a traveling troop of river
rats, led by Johnny Depp as an Irish charmer come to town. Judi Dench and
Lena Olin round out this all star cast.
If you have a few hours to spare and like chocolate (or food) at all, take
in Chocolat - it's a real treat.
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