Trailer of the Day: Chocolat


Denis’s first feature, intricately structured through flashback, follows France, a young woman reflecting on her childhood in a former colonial outpost in Cameroon. During France’s formative years, her mother Aimée spends days at home while her husband is off tending to official duties. It is quickly apparent that there is a mutual attraction between Aimée and Protée, a servant at the home. Luc, a drifter who takes up temporary residence at the house, sees this tension and decides to take matters into his own hands. Denis’s semi-autobiographical film, ostensibly about the workings of a family on the brink, thus transforms into a scathing comment on race relations in colonial Africa during the middle of the twentieth century. (105 mins.)

CHOCOLAT screens on Friday, May  3 at 7p.m. and Saturday, May 18 at 4:30p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Claire Denis retrospective, THE LYRICAL SPACE OF CLAIRE DENIS.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase hereSeries passes are available here for $45 (an $109 value!).

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