Saturday, June 2, 2007

Chocolat (1988)

Set in French Colonial Africa, Chocolat is told from the viewpoint of 8-year-old Cecile Ducasse. With no other frame of reference, the innocent Ducasse accepts the subjugation of the black natives by the white colonists as the natural order of things. The girl grows gradually aware of the social iniquities about her, but only in retrospect (the film is related in flashback, narrated by the grown-up heroine) does she fully realize just how cruel and wrong-headed the entire colonial system had been. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

The adult version of the 8-year-old Cecil mentions going to Limbe in Cameroon.

It was a nice story of a young girl growing up and the relationships in the small mixed community. But we were a little disappointed that we never found out about what caused the family to leave Africa and what had transpired in the intervening years. So an incomplete but nice story line.

Rating: 3.5 (/5)

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