Merci Pour le Chocolate [DVD] [2000]

This stylish thriller from Claude Chabrol arrives on DVD in a glossy presentation. Merci Pour le Chocolat has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The audio (in Dolby Digital Stereo) is in its original French language format, with optional English-language titles. In addition to the feature, this DVD also includes a gallery of production photos and the film's original theatrical trailer.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Introduction by director Claude Chabrol
  • Photo gallery
  • Director & cast profiles
  • Original French theatrical trailer
  • 1.66 letterbox

Synopsis

Nightcap
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 Guillaume was almost exchanged for another baby at the hospital shortly after he was born; one day André receives a visit from a young woman named Jeanne (Anna Mouglalis), who claims to be the other child. Jeanne and André soon find they have a remarkable amount in common, and that Jeanne bears a striking resemblance to the late Lisabeth. Jeanne is beginning to wonder if there's something no one has ever told her when Mika gives her a thermos of special hot chocolate as a nightcap, which she then spills all over Jeanne. Jeanne's boyfriend, Axel (Mathieu Simonet), facetiously suggests that the cocoa might be poisoned, and out of curiosity, he tests it, finding that it has indeed been laced with a sedative notorious for its use in cases of date rape. Merci Pour Le Chocolat is based on a novel by American crime novelist Charlotte Armstrong. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Isabelle Huppert
    Isabelle Huppert - Marie-Claire "Mika" Muller
  • Jacques Dutronc
    Jacques Dutronc - André Polonski
  • Rodolphe Pauly
    Rodolphe Pauly - Guillaume
  • Michel Robin
    Michel Robin - Dufreigne
  • Brigitte Catillon
    Brigitte Catillon - Louise Pollet
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