Could it be that with with a few chocolate recipes, one woman and her sweet shop could change a small French village? Yes. In the movie ‘Chocolat’ starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and the ever-so-talented, Johnny Depp, we are introduced to a village occupied by a handful of people who live their lives according to religion and only religion. They are set in their ways and will be damned if anyone goes against their beliefs. Until one foggy day, Vianne and her daughter Anouk, move into town and the village air is suddenly filled with the sweet smell of chocolate upon the opening of their sweet shop selling Mayan chocolate.

Not exactly welcomed with open arms from the townspeople, rumors begin to spread rapidly about the shop owner, with the hopes that she will go out of business by Easter. With a dash of dreaming and a pinch of kindness, Vianne’s chocolate recipes begin changing the lives of the locals for the better and soon, the village is celebrating her move to their small village. Great movie!


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