Claude Chabrol – Merci pour le chocolat (2000) (DVD)


When the young Jeanne finds out that she could have mistakenly been exchanged, from her cradle, with another newborn (the son of a famous piano player), she decides to contact this family, not really thinking that this could be the truth. After she tells this to the presumed father and the rest of the family, even the son of the piano player starts having more than one doubt about his origins, and all this will lead to the discovery of a murder committed many years before by the second wife of the musician. The story is a pretext to dramatize the misdeeds and the hypocrisy of the French upper class members, shown without pity: the coldness between the family members, hidden by a false happiness; the lack of real feelings; the unbearable ‘bon ton’ of the mother, and so on. (IMDb)
Claude Chabrol’s taut thriller stars Isabelle Huppert as the villainous spider at the centre of an intricate and murderous web of deception. Huppert plays Mika, wife of celebrated pianist André Polonski (Jacques Dutronc) and stepmother to his son, Guillaume, whose mother died in a car wreck on his sixth birthday. Their lives are interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Jeanne (Anna Mouglalis), a young woman who has learned that she was almost switched at birth with Guillaume whilst in hospital. Also a pianist, Jeanne harbours a suspicion that she may be André’s daughter. André undertakes to continue her piano tuition, but, on entering the Polonski family, Jeanne begins to notice the icily controlled Mika behaving strangely. Her suspicions aroused, Jeanne begins the dangerous task of unravelling Mika’s dark past of secrets and lies. (-Artificial Eye)

DVD Source: Artificial Eye, DVD9
DVD Format: PAL, Region 0, Anamorphic-(16:9)
Release Date: 26 April 2010
Runtime: 1:36:24
Audio : French, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles : English (non-removable)
Menus: Untouched
Video: Untouched
Audio: Untouched
DVD extras: Untouched (all have English soft subs)
• Trailer (0:01:29)
• Making of documentary (0:26:01)
• Isabella Huppert interview (0:07:09)
• Anna Mouglalis Screen test (0:10:30)
• Interview with Chabrol (TEXT / 11 Pages)
• Cast & Crew Filmography

Subtitles:English (non-removable)

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