Monsieur Chocolat

Monsieur Chocolat

Monsieur Chocolat

César Award-winning actor Omar Sy (The Intouchables) plays the first black circus artist in France, 'Chocolat' the clown, in this biopic from director Roschdy Zem.

Monsieur Chocolat is based on the life of Rafael Padilla, a former Cuban-born slave who became a performer in France during the Belle Epoque era. Padilla was born in Cuba in 1868 and was sold into slavery at age nine to a Portuguese merchant. After escaping slavery, he travelled to Paris and launched a career in the circus, captivating the French with his talents as a singer and dancer and as a clown, working under the stage name 'Chocolat'.

2016Rating: M, Mature themes, violence and coarse language119 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaTrue Story & BiographyWorld Cinema

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Monsieur Chocolat / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Think The Elephant Man, only in French and with clowning. Biography, tragedy, metaphor of France’s colonial heritage, racist parable and circus buddy-flick, Monsieur Chocolat may not be to everyone’s taste, but with acting, direction, cinematography and art direction this good, you’d be hard pressed to fault its ambition.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

The film captures the period in look and feel, the latter propelled by a terrific score from Gabriel Yared, and creates a haunting, sombre mood that lasts well after the end credits.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

[A] lavish and increasingly involving study of fin-de-siècle racism.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

If it's not much good as biography, the film is huge fun as a political comedy about race and entertainment.

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Stuff

Stuff

Chocolat is a film that travels from raucous to heartbreaking and back again more than once. It is an engaging, entertaining, angering and mostly very admirable couple of hours. Recommended.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

With the help of evocative production design and Paris locations, Zem and his cast have brought back to life an entertainment pioneer who was tragically forgotten by the time he died in 1917. Gabrel Yared’s score is a plus.

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Newshub

Newshub

Their performances are excellent, both main players inhabiting their dual roles of man and clown with both passion and restraint...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A superbly performed if classically helmed biopic.

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FilmInk

FilmInk

…a rich, immersive behind-the-stage look at turn of the century Parisian stage life…

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