ONE TASTE IS ALL IT TAKES.
Free-spirited chocolatier Vianne Rocher (Juliette Binoche) comes to a small French village and opens a shop; some of the locals are seduced, others enraged. The technical details of director Lasse Hallström and his collaborators’ work are impeccable; the village looks adorable, the perfect symbol of the dangers of stale conservatism. Oppression is the main theme; this place is equally peaceful and suffocating. There isn’t much depth to the story or the characters that Johnny Depp and Alfred Molina play, but Binoche is charming. Appetizing in many ways, but this sweet chocolate needs a pinch of chili.
2000-U.S. 121 min. Color. Directed by Lasse Hallström. Novel: Joanne Harris. Cinematography: Roger Pratt. Music: Rachel Portman. Cast: Juliette Binoche (Vianne Rocher), Lena Olin (Josephine Muscat), Johnny Depp (Roux), Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Peter Stormare… Leslie Caron.