Nobody could have imagined the impact that the striking Vianne (Juliette Binoche) would make when she arrived in a tranquil, old-fashioned French town. In her very unusual chocolate shop, Vianne begins to create mouth-watering confections that almost magically inspire the straitlaced villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness. But it is not until another stranger, the handsome Roux (Johnny Depp), arrives in town that Vianne is finally able to recognize her own desires.
Director: Lasse Hallstrom
Cast: Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Leslie Caron, Carrie-Anne Moss, Aurelien Parent-Koenig, Lena Olin, Judi Dench
Awards & Nominations:
2001 ACADEMY AWARDS (OSCAR):
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Juliette Binoche (Nominated)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Judi Dench (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Score: Rachel Portman (Nominated)
Best Picture (Nominated)
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Robert Nelson Jacobs (Nominated)
2001 AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS:
Eddie Award: Best Edited Feature Film - Comedy or Musical: Andrew Mondshein (Nominated)
2001 ART DIRECTORS GUILD:
Excellence in Production Design Award: Feature Film, Contemporary Films (Won)
2002 AWARDS OF THE JAPANESE ACADEMY:
Best Foreign Film (Nominated)
2001 BAFTA AWARDS:
Best Cinematography: Roger Pratt (Nominated)
Best Costume Design: Renee Erlich Kalfus (Nominated)
Best Make-Up/Hair: Naomi Donne (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Juliette Binoche (Nominated)
Best Production Design: David Gropman (Nominated)
Best Screenplay - Adapted: Robert Nelson Jacobs (Nominated)
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Judi Dench (Nominated)
Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Lena Olin (Nominated)
2001 BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:
Golden Berlin Bear: Lasse Hallstrom (Nominated)
2001 BOGEY AWARDS (GERMANY):
Bogey Award (Won)
2001 BRITISH SOCIETY OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS:
Best Cinematography: Roger Pratt (Nominated)
2001 COSTUME DESIGNERS GUILD AWARDS:
Excellence for Costume Design for Film - Period/Fantasy: Renee Ehrlich Kalfus (Nominated)
2001 DAVID DI DONATELLO AWARDS:
Best Foreign Film: Lasse Hallstrom (Nominated)
2001 EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS:
Audience Award - Best Actress: Juliette Binoche (Won)
2001 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS:
Best Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical (Nominated)
Best Original Score - Motion Picture: Rachel Portman (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical: Juliette Binoche (Nominated)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Judi Dench (Nominated)
2001 GOLDEN SATELLITE AWARDS:
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama: Judi Dench (Nominated)
2002 GOYA AWARDS:
Best European Film: Lasse Hallstrom (Nominated)
2002 GRAMMY AWARDS:
Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media: Rachel Portman (Nominated)
2001 GUILD OF GERMAN ART HOUSE CINEMAS:
Guild Film Award, Gold - Foreign Film: Lasse Hallstrom (Won)
2001 ITALIAN NATIONAL SYNDICATE OF FILM JOURNALISTS:
Silver Ribbon - Best Dubbing, Female: Franca D'Amato (Juliette Binoche) (Won)
2001 PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:
Audience Award: Lasse Hallstrom (Won)
2000 SAN DIEGO FILM CRITICS SOCIETY AWARDS:
Best Screenplay, Adapted: Robert Nelson Jacobs (Won)
2001 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS:, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugh O'Conor, Lena Olin, Peter Stormare, John Wood (Nominated)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Judi Dench (Won)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Juliette Binoche (Nominated)
Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture: Juliette Binoche, Leslie Caron, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp
2001 USC SCRIPTER AWARD:
Joanne Harris (author) and Robert Nelson Jacobs (screenwriter) - (Nominated)
2001 WORLD SOUNDTRACK AWARDS:
WSA Soundtrack Composer of the Year: Rachel Portman (Nominated)
2001 WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA:
Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published: Robert Nelson Jacobs (Nominated)
Quotes from Johnny Depp:
"I ate more chocolate than I wanted to. About three seconds more in the take, and I probably would have been spewing."
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"Juliette is amazing; beautiful and deep and she makes you fall in love with her. I think as an actress she's deeply committed, intense and works very, very hard, while constantly thinking. Shes capable of anything and never does the same thing twice, so it's always a bit of a surprise. I think she's very gifted and makes really good choices; if art is possible in cinema then I think she's doing her best to come as close as she can."
"One of the things appealed to me when I read the screenplay was (its theme) that it's OK to break the sort of boundaries of what is normal - or what is considered normal. You've got to step outside of that and break the routine and not be so afraid to try new things."
"We close ourselves off and we live in these little worlds that are comfortable and safe. It's routine and boring and filled with fear and guilt and it's no good, you know? It's no good for you."
"I think, more than anyone else in the film, that somehow it [occurred] to me that I was the one who was going to be eating the most chocolate. And I'm not a huge fan of chocolate, especially really rich, deep, dark, bitter chocolate. I like the cheap stuff. And I was eating chocolate take after take after take."
"[I wanted] to play a character who was a kind of outside, but very, very comfortable outside. [Someone] who's not a victim - doesn't betray himself or feel like a victim. He's outside, because he wants to be outside. I like being outside. I don't want to be caught up in the who's-who stuff. ... I don't want to play the game, you know. ... I just am not interested."
"Well, the film ... has such a kind of magical quality, and it doesn't particularly feel like an American film, you know, it just doesn't feel like an American product. It has something very European about it."
"Judi Dench I've fallen madly in love with. She's unbelievable. What a presence. What an amazing woman. Very funny. There's some people that you don't expect to be funny. You expect them to be very blinders on, forging ahead and never really straying from the path. You don't expect them to have a sense of humor. You expect them to be ultra serious. I was pleasantly surprised with Judi because she was constantly laughing."
Chocolate DVD interview
Quotes from others:
"Johnny is very easy to work with. I think this is one of the most pleasant times I have had on a movie. It's a chemistry. You never know why it happens, but when it does, you have to say it and share it because it's not always the case. We have scenes were I think it's more about what's not said than what's said."
"[Johnny Depp is] my perfect chocolate -- he's dark, sumptuous, and tasty."
--Juliette Binoche (on Johnny Depp)