By Megan Harlan
February 12, 1999 at 05:00 AM EST
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The granddaughter of candy shopkeepers in France and great-granddaughter of a woman considered a witch, Joanne Harris blends her unique family background into this irresistible confection. At the start of Lent, glamorous Vianne Rocher and her young daughter move to Lansquenet — an uptight, gossipy French town — and open a glittering chocolate shop. Vianne’s delectable handmade treats, and her eerie ability to guess people’s favorite bonbons, tempt locals to break their Lenten vows. The town’s dour priest soon suspects that Vianne is practicing magic. Will his campaign against her succeed? Chocolat explores the struggle between good and evil (albeit in a simple, dark-or-white dichotomy) but ultimately celebrates pleasurable, ”sinful” indulgence. B

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  • PG-13
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