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Feb. 14, 2011 at 12:02pm Saturday Movie - Chocolat (PG-13)

CHOCOLAT, which will show at the Puyallup Public Library at 2:00 pm on Saturday, February 19, is a whimsical tale that will leave you with a knowing smile. The heroine (Juliette Binoche), who enters into a small french town (Flavigny-sur-Ozerain), changes the lives of all with whom she connects.

In principle, the movie is about a world bound by rigid rules. It's about people who do not dare be themselves because they think it would be inappropriate or misunderstood. Binoche arrives as a sort-of fairy godmother determined to set things right. Her mission is to help the town's citizens realize themselves. This holds true for the rigid mayor (Alfred Molina) who does not want to face the fact that his wife has left him, for the young priest who does not dare provide the sermon he wishes, and for the young woman who is ashamed of her unconventional mother (Judi Dench).

The film's lesson to be learned: It is much more difficult to behave as you feel, than to conform to an expectation - but in the end, happiness hinges on an accepting mind and a sincere effort to be oneself.

Paul Jacobson, library film reviewer.