Merci Pour le Chocolat

Jeanne (Anna Mouglalis), a young piano student, takes lessons from André Polonski (Jacques Dutronc) who recently remarried his first wife, Mika (Isabelle Huppert), a famous chocolatier whose brews are occasionally quite deadly. A pleasant little middle-class mystery from director Claude Chabrol about two families who are intertwined by accident; there’s powerful emotions beneath the surface, but the real danger is in the chocolatier’s mental illness. Huppert is perfect as the friendly but rather cold Mika, and the story is elegant and amusing, but in the end we realize that there are many questions left that we would like answers to.

2000-France-Switzerland. 99 min. Color. Directed by Claude Chabrol. Novel: Charlotte Armstrong (“The Chocolate Cobweb”). Cast: Isabelle Huppert (Marie-Claire “Mika” Muller), Jacques Dutronc (André Polonski), Anna Mouglalis (Jeanne Pollet), Rodolphe Pauly, Brigitte Catillon.

Trivia: Alternative title: Nightcap.

 

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