A few weeks ago, I watched the movie Chocolat, which had been much recommended to me previously. I was definitely taken with the premise, which had a woman who completely changed an ultra-religious French town from itself. The movie seemed pretty innocent in itself, but it was only until I watched Foxy Brown that I realized just how much the main character was so much like the heroes in the other, more action-filled, movies we watched in class.Chocolat focuses on a woman named Vianne, who travels with her young daughter Anouk, to different places and opens chocolate shops in each. With her chocolate and her soft demeanor, she proceeds to change each town for the better and make the residents so much happier than when she left. Although Vianne may seem so different from the conventional heroes that are seen in films, she definitely counts as one of them. She may not be as bad-ass as Foxy or Lara, but she is a hero in her own right.
Actually, Vianne has a very Foxy-like moment, in which she takes a woman in trouble (beaten by her husband, in this case) and takes her in, teaches her to make chocolate, and basically frees her from her husband. Vianne also welcomes the river gypsies when nobody else does, and stands up to the townspeople and the Compte Paul de Reynard (the main antagonist), before finally teaching him that what she does isn’t actually that bad.
It is my opinion that while Vianne may not be a conventional modern heroine, she definitely deserves the same credit as the others. In her own way, she was strong and was able to help an entire town full of people with her chocolates, and I wanted to share the image of this woman, as well as a fantastic movie that really everybody should watch when they have time.