This lively French box-office hit, which recently screened at the French Film Festival tells the fascinating rise-and-fall story of the first popular Afro-Cuban artist of the French stage.
During the late 1800s, former slave Chocolat (Omar Sy – The Intouchables) is making a living in a provincial French circus performing the role of a tooth-baring cannibal – a surprisingly novel spectacle for the country people who have never seen a black man before. It is here that he impresses established performer George Footit (James Thierrée – grandson of Charlie Chaplin) who takes him under his wing. Together, they develop a routine that catapults them to stardom, glamour and riches in Paris’ Nouveau Cirque. However, the satisfaction of success can only last so long as Chocolat’s desire for equality begins to take hold.
As entertaining as it is timely, Monsieur Chocolat blends sharp and impressive physical comedy with moving compassion, gloriously restoring the great legacy of this trailblazing artist. Rated M in cinemas from June 29.
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