Chocolat (1988), Claire Denis ★★★★★

Claire Denis’ first film. She was Wim Wenders’ first assistant director on Wings of Desire (1987), and Jim Jarmusch’s assistant director on Down by Law  (1986).

As in her 2009 White Material, it stars Isaach De Bankolé – who stars in Jarmusch’s Night on Earth (1991), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), and The Limits of Control (2009).

Claire Denis’s Early Career as Assistant Director, By  Leo Goldsmith | June 26, 2009,

Those who have seen this film will recognize this quote from the below scene.

[spoiler] Here’s a riddle.


At the edge of the road, a black thread.

A lively ant. [/ spoiler]

Pay attention to the opening scene, which starts out as a still picture of an ocean beach. You see something in the foreground, then in the background a figure appears out of nowhere. You wonder who’s pov you are seeing as the camera pans right to the observer. Take note of her name.


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