One of my all-time favorite films is the movie Chocolat with Johnny Depp and Juliet Binoche. If you haven’t seen it, it’s one of those easy to watch fairy tale -like movies for grown up ladies. The it was filmed in the French town of Burgundy and the scenery is amazing. It has the feel of “Once upon a time” for adult women. There is nothing like to story of a pagan, single mom, chocolatier who comes to a French town around the 1950’s and tries to open a chocolate shop during Lent. This is the kind of movie where I like to whip up a big bowl of frosting and eat it with a spoon during viewing. Don’t judge. You’ll see.
I’ve also read the book and just like other books made into movies somethings are just a little bit different, but I still enjoyed both.
What I really love is the scenery, and just the richness of the backgrounds and how the movie designers have woven everything together with costumes and sets.
When we first see Vianne’s shop. It has this great feeling of possibility.
Later I love the slight transformation that brings it to life.
Oh, and did I mention Johnny Depp?
And I love all of the shots of the town it takes place in. It’s the kind of timeless French town steeped in history, that I would love to just be in and experience.
What I really love is that they throw an ultimate Pinterest-style outdoor birthday party.
Like, 10 years before Pinterest was a gleam in someone’s eye.
and did I mention Johnny Depp? And Chocolate?
I thought so.
You can view more pictures of the movie found on Julia’s blog.
They normally play it on TV around Valentine’s Day, or you can find a copy on Amazon.
Our library actually has a copy too, so check yours!