This sensual breakthrough of Claire Dennis, Chocolat follows a white family’s struggles during the last years of France’s African colonies in the 1950s, exploring the intricate nature of power and relationships in a colonial society. In a remote Cameroon town, husband Marc and wife Aimee live with their young daughter, the curious and observant France, who forges a friendship with Cameroonian servant Protee. Their home’s exterior beauty hides Aimee’s frustrations and boredom and Protee’s noble, silent tolerance of day-to-day indignities. When a plane makes an emergency landing nearby, the family’s neatly ordered world is suddenly threatened with chaos, the motley collection of new arrivals forcing the idyllic façade to dissolve, unleashing a tidal wave of forbidden passions, rage, resentment and racist attitudes that threaten to tear the family apart.
- DIRECTOR: CLAIRE DENIS
- STARRING: ISAACH DE BANKOLÉ, GIULIA BOSCHI, FRANÇOIS CLUZET, JEAN-CLAUDE ADELIN, LAURENT ARNAL
- 105 MINS
- RATING – 15
£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)