A white woman returns to her childhood home in Cameroon after years of living in France. While there, she reflects upon her youth. When she was growing up there in the 1950s, her life was one of ignorance. She bonded with an African servant, unaware of the racial tensions stirring all around her.
One of the great auteurs of cinema, Claire Denis marked her arrival with this breathtaking, semi-autobiographical masterpiece. Starring arthouse favorite Isaach de Bankolé, Chocolat sees Denis exhibit her characteristic eye for landscapes and male physicality amid the power dynamics of colonialism.
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