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Chocolat the Film - Transformation within the movie

            The topic that I decided to focus on is the theme of transformation within the movie. Instead of going through each and every character's specific change, we decided to focus on four main ones to give a more detailed perspective of each one. The first transformation we'd like to analyze on is the town in general. The movie begins with a thick haze as the camera slowly frees itself from it and passes over the river, through the trees and into the tiny, clustered town with a strong wind blowing from the north. It's as if we had to go through all these barriers to reach the close-minded and isolated town. The music is quiet, tense, and is then abruptly interrupted by the church bells chiming. The aural of this scene is almost like the townspeople quietly talking amongst themselves but stops suddenly as the Comte steps in, such as the chiming of the bells cuts into the music. The camera view of the town is from high above, revealing how the townhouses are closely huddled on top of a hill, secluded from the bottom. The roofs and trees are all tainted with a teal frost with a fog hovering above. Then, the wind begins to howl and the candles begin to flicker and a flurry of snow is whirling like a mini cyclone in the middle of the town square. And the statue of Auguste Rene Christophe Reynaud looks down upon the village. As if it were reminding them, reminding Comte de Reynaud of how the village should be ran. It was a very organized town, nothing was to be out of place, and the Comte made sure of that. It was if the village had turned cold and their minds rigid from the traditional ways of their ancestors. .
             It remained like this' until Vianne makes her entrance into the town. Ever so gradually, Lansquenet begins to change. Beneath the disguise of being a perfect little town, there were dark, hidden, secrets lying within; like the fog, suspended over, and haunting them. But gradually, Vianne changes them, instead of retaliating to their prejudice, she welcomes them into her chocolatrie and one by one, they're hidden pleasures and dreams are unlocked from within them.

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