Monday, July 9, 2012

Movie Monday: Chocolat

So during last week, I flew through reading Peaches for Monsieur le Curé - the third book in Joanne Harris' Chocolat series. And so it seemed only fair that I watch the movie that started my love for these characters! Sure, the movie is a total and complete massacre of the book, but it's still spectacular.


Reasons why Chocolat is awesome:
1. Juliette Binoche. She's perfect as Vianne.
2. Alfred Molina as the Comte de Reynaud. Usually, he plays more minor roles, or roles where he's the villain it's easy to hate. While he plays the antagonist in Chocolat, you can see where he's coming from. And that is why Alfred Molina is so brilliant in this movie.
3. Anouk beating all the old men at cards, and winning a brace of pheasants.
4. The story of Vianne's parents.
6. Johnny Depp as Roux. With an Irish accent.
7. The nifty Mexican fortune telling wheel thingy.
8. Lena Olin as Josephine.
9. Judi Dench as Armande. She doesn't have a huge role in this, but she's great nonetheless.
10. Pere Henri dancing to Elvis while sweeping the churchyard.
11. The score is fantastic.
12. Serge getting sent to Sunday School to atone for his sins.
13. The scenery.
14. Johnny Depp playing the guitar.
15. Everyone going to confession and talking about chocolate. Hilarious.
16. The costumes - so many gorgeous dresses!
17. Armande's birthday party.
18. The Comte stuffing himself on chocolate in the window of the shop. Totally understandable.
19. It was nominated for five Oscars.
20. Not eating croissants and chocolate makes you crazy. This movie proves it.
21. Rustling chocolate wrappers in church.

Plus, the following quotes:
- "Sorry, Monsieur. Pirate attack."
- "[eats a worm] Subtle... Zesty? DISGUSTING."
- "I hear she's an atheist." "What's that?" "I don't know!"
- "I'll come round sometime, and get that squeak out of your door."
- "[hits abusive husband with a frying pan] Who says I can't use a skillet?"
- "What's the decor? Early Mexican brothel??"
- "Don't you ever think about...belonging somewhere?" "The price is too high. You end up caring what people expect of you. No."
- "I should probably warn you - you make friends with us, you make enemies of others." "Is that a promise?" "It's a guarantee!"
- "Aaah, good morning. Can I interest you in some Nipples of Venus?"
- "Any complaints, see me."
- "Would you care to buy something special for your lady friend?" "Lady friend?" "Mm-hmm, the lovely woman your dog was so fond of." "[smiles] Oh." "Her favorite is chocolate seashells, that's my guess." "Oh, no, I mustn't. Madame Audel is in mourning for her husband." "Oh. I'm sorry. When did he pass away?" "The war. German grenade." "Oh, I see. Well, it's been 15 years since the war, so surely..." "No, not that war. Monsieur Audel was killed on January the 12th, 1917. It was quite a blow to Madame Audel." "Apparently so..."
- "Let me try to put this into perspective for you. The first Comte de Reynaud expelled all the radical Huguenots in this village. You and your truffles present a far lesser challenge." 

Here, have a GIF of Johnny Depp eating chocolate that I couldn't find anywhere else to put:

So. Do you love Chocolat as much as I do? And have you read the books? If so, which do you prefer??

K xx


  1. You mentioned Anouk's pheasants twice! Was that intentional? <3

    But I love that GIF of Johnny eatting chocolate. NOMNOMNOM.

    1. Nope, not even remotely intentional. Apparently I suck at cutting and pasting!! #fail Thank you for picking it up, Milki <3

  2. Obviously, the picture hunt worked out :)

    1. Thankfully, yes! Google gave me MUCH less traumatic results than Tumblr...

  3. OMG YES TO EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS. Book was great, loved the movie. (Side note: there are more books? It's a series? I need to look into this.)

    Johnny Depp as Roux? YES PLEASE. "Sexy" is a bit of an understatement. And thanks for that last GIF. :)

    And now I'm sitting here wondering why in the hell I don't own this movie?!

    1. Yes, it's a series!! The second one is The Lollipop Shoes, which seems to have been republished under the title "The Girl with No Shadow". And the new one, which was only published at the end of May is Peaches for Monsieur le Curé!

      I don't know why you don't own this movie either. BECAUSE YOU SHOULD.

  4. HELL YES!
    1) Johnny Depp
    2) Chocolate
    3) Her awesome red shoes.

    Love that GIF. If you catch the expression in his eyes as he sucks the chocolate off his thumb, you can tell that he knows exactly how it will affect his female (and possibly male) audience!

    1. Damn, I forgot to mention the awesome red shoes... Oh well. I always seem to forget something - better to forget the shoes than, say, Johnny Depp (IMPOSSIBLE)!

  5. That chocolate-spreading gif?

    I DIE.

    And, natch, the gif with Johnny Depp licking his finger and making sex eyes at the lady is equally delicious. (And I'm not even that big a Depp fan...!)

    I have yet to see Chocolat. I know, I suck. At this point there are so many movies I haven't seen that I really need to get my ass into gear and just WATCH already.


    1. Seriously?? I think I need to kidnap you and not let you go until you've seen all the movies I think you need to see! ;)

  6. Another movie I have seen and loved.


    I have never read the books! Will get onto that now :-) x

    1. The books are GREAT! Horribly confusing if you've seen the movie first, because they're set in the present and not in the 1950s. But completely fantastic.

  7. I have not read the books - but after our macaron class, I insisted that IC and I watch the movie...I do love it! I love the guitar scene and I want to play that song at the wedding but I can't find it!

    1. Ohhhhhhhh, that makes me sad!!!! Do you know anyone who plays guitar? They've got a couple of months, surely they could try and learn it from watching the movie a hundred times???


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