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Chocolat PG rating

Claire Denis' fully formed debut offers a child’s-eye-view of racial and sexual tension that bubbles with unspoken desires.

Drama 1988 100 mins

Director: Claire Denis

Overview

Claire Denis’ debut announced her as a fully formed talent. Part-inspired by her childhood in French colonial Africa, Chocolat boasts a coiled central performance by Isaach De Bankolé as Protée, ‘house boy’ to a white family. This is a child’s-eye-view of racial and sexual tension that bubbles with unspoken desires, injustices, and a jaunty score by Abdullah Ibrahim. A must-see.