A Lesson from Chocolat

The movie, not the confection, although I’m sure there’s lots we can learn chocolatfrom the confection.

Especially 85% cacao. That stuff is intense.

What I’m talking about is the movie with Juliette Binoche. I watched it again recently, mainly because I didn’t remember it from the first time. (Also, it’s currently streaming on Netflix.)

If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it – and no, it’s not a chick flick, as the picture might have you believe.

I heard some people thought it was anti-religion, but they must not have watched it all the way to the end.

The movie has an overarching theme of tolerance, respect for others, and forgiveness. It’s the forgiveness angle I want to focus on.

Of course, I don’t want to give away too much if you haven’t seen it. All I’ll say is that there’s this lovely little moment that immediately follows the scene where the “villain,” an uptight, self-righteous mayor played by Alfred Molina, succumbs to temptation by eating his way through a chocolate display in a shop window. (That’s not giving away too much, is it?)

The shop owner, played by Juliette Binoche, is the one who finds him. She hands him a glass of antacid and promises to tell no one.

This is huge, people! If anyone had a reason to see him ruined, it was her, but instead she offers him complete understanding and forgiveness.

Granting someone that level of forgiveness shows incredible strength. Being the recipient of that kind of forgiveness can be very humbling.

What a beautiful moment.

And naturally — as this is a movie, after all — everyone learns to be more tolerant and loving, the bad guy sees the error of his ways, and the heroine and her daughter are accepted in town. All is made right again.

But in the end, that is the real lesson of forgiveness, isn’t it? We may not be able to remove a wrongful act, but through forgiveness, we are made right again.

Of course, a bit of chocolate always helps, too. 🙂






Author: CJ Hartwell

After spending most of her life in Phoenix, Arizona, CJ Hartwell moved to the middle of Minnesota. Is she nuts? Probably. For updates on her sanity, click on the link to follow by email.

5 thoughts on “A Lesson from Chocolat”

  1. Forgiveness is something I could work on…a lot. I prefer science fiction, but every once in a while I give in to watching a rom-com. Thanks for the review…I’ll keep the movie in mind.

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