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Merci Pour le Chocolat

Merci Pour le Chocolat

2000
Drama, Suspense/Thriller
1h 41m
After the death of his second wife, concert pianist André Polonski remarries his first wife, Swiss chocolate-company heiress Mika Muller. Soon a young piano student, Jeanne Polet, gets the idea that she may be André's daughter. She visits his house in Lausanne, gets to know André's son Guillaume who was born on the same day as she, and starts taking piano lessons from André... (imdb)
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Merci Pour le Chocolat

2000
Drama, Suspense/Thriller
1h 41m
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Avg Percentile 53.11% from 168 total ratings

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Rated 22 Feb 2010
65
65th
Written and directed with the same finesse as most of Chabrol's films, but definitely not as successful as, say, Judgment in Stone or The Girl Cut in Two. The dialog and acting are good and the psychology is convincing, but there are still believability issues, something clunky about plot development, some points too vague, too many loose ends. Still a pretty nice suspense/drama.
Rated 14 Nov 2011
90
83rd
Another subtle portrait of manipulative evil from Chabrol and Huppert. The plot isn't much, but watching the cold, clinical Huppert is infinitely disturbing, so disturbing that the viewer is forced to abandon his psychological questions for metaphysical ones--and receive no answers to either.
Rated 29 May 2009
85
89th
Chabrol's masterfully nuanced direction and the great leading performances make this movie a delightful take on the psychological horror field.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
80th
In this surprisingly successful Hitchcock update, Isabelle Huppert gives one of her best performances as a mother that doesn't understand her own cold and villainous actions. Anna Maoglalis excels as the Nancy Drew-like detective out to bring her down. Psychologically intense and unfolds in a strange but plausible manner. The classical music component is handled quite masterfully, as well.
Rated 19 Oct 2010
35
90th
"Claude Chabrol's camera has a way of gently swaying back and forth as it cradles its characters, veiling tension beneath otherwise tender movements." - Ed Gonzalez
Rated 08 May 2017
67
47th
very funny film...
Rated 27 Dec 2018
85
5th
An excellent example of a cold, calculating, manipulative woman. If that were all I was looking for, then this would score a 100. Unfortunately, only about half of the dialogue was displayed in English subtitles, which increases the mystery substantially.
Rated 05 Sep 2020
73
50th
A Teia de Chocolate estreava há 20 anos no Festival de Veneza. Uma das colaborações mais fracas entre Chabrol e Huppert, ele prometia muito mas vai se enfraquecendo conforme a narrativa avança, até não sobrar grande coisa no final. Blu-ray rip no MakingOff.
Rated 28 Dec 2021
62
23rd
Chabrol focus more on psychology of his characters than on building suspenseful setpieces. I can appreciate this approach at times. But in this Chabrol plays his cards too close to his chest. There is too little real intrigue in the plot to keep it engaging. On the other side the movie also doesn't delve deep enough into its characters to stand out as a psychological thriller. It mostly are the stellar performances by Huppert among others that make this worth a watch.
Rated 02 Aug 2022
70
51st
This is the film for you if you like piano recitals and domestic crime dramas. The plot has some intriguing twists and its somewhat thought provoking, with a feel of mystery about it. Its interesting to see how the man reacts when the accusations are told to him. There does appear to be an element of handbags at dawn about this film though, its fair to say. Yes, I'd recommend this film.

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