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Claire Denis


A child’s-eye-view of racial and sexual tension, and unspoken desires.

Image from Chocolat

France-West Germany-Cameroon 1988
Dir Claire Denis
With Isaach De Bankolé, Giulia Boschi, François Cluzet, Cécille Ducasse
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Claire Denis’ debut announced her as a fully formed talent. Partly 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.


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