Claude Chabrol, Charlotte Armstrong, and Caroline Eliacheff (screenplay, based on Armstron's book The Chocolate Cobweb), Claude Chabrol (director) Merci pour le chocolat / 2000
I have recently grown quite fond of the films of Claude Chabrol, and so I jumped at the possibility of watching Merci pour le chocolat in order to include it in My Year 2000, a year which I did get the opportunity to view it.
Merci pour le chocolat, after 50 some films, is the latest of this type. The beautiful home, in this case, belongs to Marie-Claire "Mika" Muller (Isabelle Huppert), heir to the great Swiss chocolatiers, and a strong-minded business woman to boot. We see her in her offices only once, at a board meeting, where she goes head to head with her older arch-enemy Dufreigne (Michel Robin), as she startlingly closes the meeting down before literally laughing at him the moment her office door is closed.
Los Angeles, March 9, 2011