Merci Pour le Chocolat
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Claude Chabrol directed this well-crafted thriller, which recalls the style and themes of his best-known work of the 1960s. Marie-Claire "Mika" Muller (Isabelle Huppert), who has inherited control of a large and successful Swiss chocolate company, remarries well-known musician André Polonski (Jacques Dutronc), to whom she was briefly wed 18 years ago. After their divorce, André married a woman named Lisabeth and they had a son, Guillaume (Rodolphe Pauly), whom André was left to raise alone after Lisabeth's death in an auto accident. One of André's favorite stories is how… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"We can rejoice that he carries on, breathes his profession as his native air, makes pictures of varying quality but persistently makes them."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"It's enough to watch Huppert scheming, with her small, intelligent eyes as steady as any noir villain, and to enjoy the perfectly pitched web of tension that Chabrol spins."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Predictable? Maybe, but for artists like these the motivation is always more important than the act itself."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Huppert's show to steal and she makes a meal of it, channeling Kathy Baker's creepy turn as the repressed mother on Boston Public as much as 8 Women's Augustine."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Hitch would enjoy the way Chabrol plays with the audience (including the expertly interwoven Lizt requiem)"
‑ John A. Nesbit,
"A tasty appetizer that leaves you wanting more."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"Merci Pour le Chocolat has a restraint and rigor that we don't see in commercial American films, the kind that a director creates when he has no interest in sentimentality or in soliciting the audience's favor."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"The ensemble cast all sparkled."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A fascinating piece...assured and frequently witty."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Like being invited to a classy dinner soiree and not knowing anyone. You leave the same way you came -- a few tasty morsels under your belt, but no new friends."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"An elegant, exquisitely modulated psychological thriller."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"A sun-drenched masterpiece, part parlor game, part psychological case study, part droll social satire."
‑ Glenn Lovell, San Jose Mercury News
"Weighty and ponderous but every bit as filling as the treat of the title."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The big finish is a bit like getting all excited about a chocolate eclair and then biting into it and finding the filling missing."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Credit Huppert as much as Chabrol for the film's success."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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