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Chocolat is a 1999 novel by Joanne Harris. It tells the story of Vianne Rocher, a young mother, who arrives at a fictional insular French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter, Anouk. Vianne opens La Céleste Praline, a small chocolaterie, and her confections quickly begin to change the lives of the townspeople through magic, setting up a conflict with Francis Reynaud, the parish curate. Chocolat is a recent contribution to the literary stream of Magic Realism.[citation needed]

Harris has indicated that several of the book's characters were influenced by individuals in her life:[1] Her daughter forms the basis for the young Anouk, including her imaginary rabbit, Pantoufle. Harris' strong-willed and independent great-grandmother influenced her portrayal of both Vianne and the elderly Armande.

Chocolat is the French word for "chocolate", and is pronounced [ʃɔkɔˈla].

A sequel to the novel, The Lollipop Shoes, was released in the UK in 2007; under the title The Girl with No Shadow, it is set for a May 2008 release in the US.[2]


Plot summary

A woman named Vianne moves into the small French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, and opens a chocolaterie. During Lent, when the villagers are expected by Francis Reynaud, the village curate, to abstain from the pleasures of the flesh, they find that they are tempted by Vianne's confectionery. Reynaud attempts to have Vianne run out of town. Vianne, however plans a "Grand Festival of Chocolate," to be held on Easter Sunday.


  • Vianne Rocher
  • Samson Fay
  • Tengo Sukat
  • Anouk Rocher
  • Josephine Muscat
  • Paul-Marie Muscat
  • Armande Voizin
  • Francis Reynaud
  • Bree Olsen
  • Caroline Clairmont
  • Luc Clairmont
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  • Guillaume
  • Narcisse
  • Roux
  • Zezette & Blanche

Film adaptation

The novel was adapted for film in 2000, directed by Lasse Hallstrom and starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin and Johnny Depp.

Release details

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