WESTON, Vt. – Weston Film Club presents Claire Denis’s award-winning autobiographical film “Chocolat” Jan. 18 at Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm.
“Chocolat” traces a young white woman’s return to her youth in pre-independence French Cameroon, haunted by strong memories of black African Protee, the family’s “houseboy” and a man of great nobility, intelligence, and beauty. “Chocolat” is a stirring and subtle examination of intricate relationships in a racist society and the human damage exacted on both the colonized and colonizer.
“Chocolat” is one of those rare films with an entirely mature, adult sensibility even as most of the film is seen through the eyes of a young girl. It is a deliberately beautiful film – many of the frames create breathtaking compositions – but it is not a travelogue and it is not a love story. This is one of the best films of the year.
Claire Denis’ mastery of filmmaking technology is equaled by her splendid control of narrative and the kind of speculation that tantalizes and rewards.
Arrive at 6 p.m. for a social BYOB and snacks to share. The film starts at 7 p.m. and is followed by discussion. There is a fee for tickets. To make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.