Chocolat Movie Analysis

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Chocolat For my analysis I chose to examine the movie Chocolat directed by Lasse Hallstrom. The film is set in a small village in the French country side. The village is known for its devotion to religion and “tranquility”. A woman named Vianne and her daughter Anouk come to the village and open a chocolate shop. The two are accustomed to following the wind and moving from place to place since it was the way Vianne’s ancestors. When they come to the village they are not welcomed by the Mayor of the town because they are atheists and Anouk was conceived out of wed lock. The mayor’s opinion is extremely important since he is the head of the town and essentially the head of the church. Through the power of love, friendship, and chocolate, Vianne …show more content…
Gemeinschaft is defined as a society or group characterized chiefly by a strong sense of common identity, close personal relationships, and an attachment to a traditional and sentimental concerns. The town is very small and very close. Everyone knows each other’s business and they all come together every Sunday at church. Repeatedly in the movie it is noted that the town’s people all have the same set of moral values and ideas and that no one deviates from them. Everyone knew there place in the village because of the already set rules and regulations and no one dared to challenge that. The strong sense of gemeinschaft that the town contributes significantly to the type of legitimate rule the town has put in …show more content…
The town is runs under traditional domination; a belief in sanctity and tradition. Unlike legal-rational rule where the individuals follow the law because of a understanding and rational analysis of the laws, traditional domination is more of a blind following of laws just because you were taught that that is the way things were and not to question tradition. The town follows the rules of the bible, the pastor, and mayor since the mayor claims to be in line with god and controls the pastor. The townspeople do not question things even when they desire to go against the rule. An example of this would be when the people stopped going to the chocolate shop because the pastor and mayor claimed Vienne was working for Satan due to her past and the fact that she opened the shop during lent. Another example is when they shunned the “River Rats”, a group of individuals who travel from town to town via boat and live on the boats, because the mayor deemed them immoral. Because of the lack of rational involved in the traditional domination, the town eventually did apply rational to the law and ways of living and changed their perspective on things. They became less judgmental and focused on following the words of god, and more focused on the good deeds people do and including more people based on what they did do rather than

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