Chocolat (2000), Lasse Hallström ★★★★

That makes two Chocolat’s this month; Claire Denis’ 1988 film on the 15th, and now Lasse Hallström’s with Juliette Binoche, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Completely different, Hallström’s film has more title sequences.

Lasse Hallström’s filmography certainly is impressive: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009), The Cider House Rules (1999), My Life as a Dog (1985) (which I need to see next).

I don’t know why I put this one off so long, though it may have been due to the often seen dvd cover art with Binoche and Depp, and though I normally choose films by who directs it, I’ve been following up on her filmography, and she so far has never disappointed. With the clamour for more strong women’s roles, this film fits the bill, along with a couple other recent viewings: Alexandra (2007), Cranes Are Flying (1957), Elles (2011), and Incendies (2010).


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