25th April MERCI POUR LE CHOCOLAT, 2000. Dir: Claude Chabrol. Cert 15. Sub titles
Based on the story The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong, this film stars ISABELLE HUPPERT as Marie-Claire Muller (known as ‘Mika’) the wife and ex-wife of famous pianist Andre Polonski (JACQUES DUTRONC). Re-marrying after a gap of 18 years, the couple move into Mika’s vast, gothic mansion in Lausanne, paid for with the profits from her family’s chocolate factory. Into the family home comes Jeanne, a music student, who says she wants to play the piano with Andre (the celebrated pianist) who takes a keen interest in her. Meanwhile, Mika keeps serving hot chocolate. Is Mika putting poison into the chocolate and, if so, who are her intended victims? This is one of the psychological thrillers for which Claude Chabrol is renowned.