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Chocolat
(2000)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
David Snell
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Sony Classical
(January 9th, 2001)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
Regular U.S. release.
Awards
AWARDS
Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.
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Buy it... only if you must absolutely maintain a complete collection of Rachel Portman's delicate comedic dramas, no matter how derivative they may be.

Avoid it... if you recall only the spirited, rambling acoustic guitar rhythms from the most positive moments in the film, because these superior cues only amount to about four minutes of material on album.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #171
WRITTEN 12/30/00, REVISED 1/27/09
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Chocolat: (Rachel Portman) When the crew of Oscar contender The Cider House Rules reunited the following year for Chocolat, expectations from Miramax were once again high. Lasse Hallstrom's film about a small French town's reaction to a new chocolate shop and its controversial owner in the late 1950's was exposed as an excess of fluff that was short on substance, wasting a talented cast with a shallow plotline and failing to adequately frame its extremely weightless comedy into a dramatic mould that could have elevated its appeal. Nominated for Academy Awards for her work on both The Cider House Rules and Chocolat was composer Rachel Portman, undoubtedly the darling of the industry at the time. Unlike the melodramatic gravity of her composition for The Cider House Rules, Portman's music for Chocolat takes several necessary steps back and plays a far less obvious role in the picture. Producing an adequate soundscape for a sensitive romantic drama is a task that the composer could complete in her sleep, and some parts of Chocolat are so drab that you may believe that she was indeed snoozing while writing. But, as usual, Portman inserts a few wildly infectious cues of spirit and melody, and it is this material, along with a couple of standard capitulations of her normal style of tender string theme that earned this score its Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. To say that this score was heavily overrated at the time of these nominations is a massive understatement; the popularity of the Miramax/Hallstrom duo likely caused the music for Chocolat to receive the attention that Portman deserved for The Legend of Bagger Vance instead. The lesser known score is by far more engaging in its instrumental and thematic constructs, creating a magical personality that was relatively rare in Portman's larger body of purely functional works. Even though Chocolat is not as broad in scope and consistently entertaining as The Legend of Bagger Vance, Portman on auto-pilot produces a result still competitive with the average romantic or dramatic score of the era.



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3,066 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 3.59 Stars
***** 893 5 Stars
**** 917 4 Stars
*** 637 3 Stars
** 362 2 Stars
* 257 1 Stars
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Origin of "Chocolat Sauce"
craig - December 29, 2009, at 1:49 a.m.
1 comment  (1666 views)
Ethnic outbursts?!
Alberto - December 24, 2008, at 5:12 p.m.
1 comment  (1721 views)
Main Titles track
Nick - March 13, 2007, at 4:44 a.m.
1 comment  (3133 views)
chocolat sound track
Tom Beal - August 12, 2005, at 8:20 a.m.
1 comment  (2630 views)
What is this beautiful song?
Ben Page - November 13, 2004, at 1:03 p.m.
1 comment  (2625 views)
Vianne sets up shop
Chantal - October 22, 2004, at 9:40 a.m.
1 comment  (2533 views)
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:40
• 1. Minor Swing - performed by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli (2:14)
• 2. Main Titles (3:08)
• 3. The Story of Grandmere (4:09)
• 4. Vianne Sets Up Shop (1:59)
• 5. Three Women (1:02)
• 6. Vianne Confronts the Comte (1:22)
• 7. Other Possibilities (1:35)
• 8. Guillaume's Confession (1:30)
• 9. Passage of Time (2:33)
• 10. Boycott Immorality (4:39)
• 11. Party Preparations (1:29)
• 12. Chocolate Sauce (0:49)
• 13. Fire (2:38)
• 14. Vianne Gazes at the River (1:07)
• 15. Mayan Bowl Breaks (2:15)
• 16. Taste of Chocolate (3:09)
• 17. Ashes to the Wind/Roux Returns (2:19)
• 18. Caravan - performed by Duke Ellington/Juan Tizol (3:43)

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