Directed by Claire Denis
US release date: September 18, 2015

Chocolat (1988)

Written and directed by Claire Denis

With François Cluzet, Giulia Boschi, Isaach de Bankolé, Mireille Perrier

Run time: 105 minutes

The great Claire Denis made her debut with this semi-autobiographical feature, based on her childhood in colonial French Africa as the daughter of a civil servant. France (Mireille Perrier) reminisces about her childhood in Cameroon as her father (François Cluzet) comes and goes on call, which leads to the strengthening of her friendship with their devoted house servant, Protée (Isaach de Bankolé), and to the escalating sexual tension between him and her mother, Aimée (Giulia Boschi). As Protée increasingly becomes an object of desire and of scorn, France’s memories become increasingly ambivalent. Prefiguring the concerns of Denis’s later films (Beau Travail, White Material) and establishing the tactile sensuality and elliptical style for which she is known, Chocolat today stands as a modern classic.
In 35mm.

US distributor: The Film Desk


Opens on September 18 for a one-week exclusive at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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