While I do enjoy a good biographical film as much as the next person, I must admit that the ones that have always interest me the most are the ones that explores a figure from history that I’m either not really all that familiar with or actually never even heard of at all. One film that definitely fits that bill perfectly is the 2006 French biopic MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT, which tells the true story of the world’s first black circus performer ‘Chocolat’ (who in the film is played by acclaimed award-winning actor Omar Sy). I saw the film a weeks back at early preview/media screening and I wanted to share my thoughts on it (due to both very busy work and personal life, I didn’t get a chance to until now). The following review of the film is in an audio format. Enjoy!
Director: Roschdy Zem
Cast: Omar Sy, James Thiérrée, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet.
IMDb Synopsis: The rise and fall of the famous clown Chocolat, the first black circus performer who revolutionised the stagnant circus acts and conquered Paris of the Belle Époque with his exuberance and originality.
Audio review by Bede Jermyn