Chocolat

Dialogue Transcript

Transcript written by and used with the courtesey of Angela Sugden

Woman 1
Bonjour, Monsieur.


Woman 2
Bonjour, Monsieur. Say bonjour.


Narrator
Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in tranquilite. Tranquility.


Paris
hioners
Come Holy Ghost, Creator come, From Thy bright heavenly throne, Come take possession of our souls, And make them all Thine own, Far from us drive our…


Narrator
If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you.


Paris
hioners
…unto us bring, And through all…


Narrator
You knew your place in the scheme of things. And if you happened to forget, someone would help remind you.


Pere Henri
The season of Lent is upon us. This is of course, a time of abstinence. Hopefully, also a time of reflection. Above all, let this be for us a time… a time of sincere penitence. It is a time to stand up and be counted.


Narrator
In this village, if you saw something you weren’t supposed to see… you learned to look the other way.


Pere Henri
This is a time for Christ. When you reflect, he knows what you reflect on.


Narrator
If by chance your hopes had been disappointed… you learned never to ask for more.


Pere Henri
He knows for what you must be forgiven. So in this year of our Lord, 1959, things…


Narrator
So, through good times and bad… famine and feast… the villagers held fast to their traditions. Until… one winter day, a sly wind blew in from the north.


Pere Henri
Where will we find truth? Where do we start looking? Where will we find truth? We will find it…


Armande
Who the hell are you?


Vianne
Oh, er, we’re here about the patisserie. We’d like to rent it, and the apartment above.


Armande
Where are you from?


Vianne
Well, we, er, lived in Andalucia for a while. Let me see. Before that, er, Vienna, and before that…


Anouska
Before that…


Vianne
Athens.


Anouska
Pavia.


Vianne
Pavia, yes.


Anouska
Pantoufle hated it there.


Vianne
Pantoufle is her kangaroo.


Anouska
But he can’t hop.


Vianne
Bad leg. War injury, huh?


Armande
I’ll expect you to keep it in good condition.


Anouska
What a nice town this is. Don’t you think so, Mama?


Vianne
It’s a lovely town.


Anouska
Mama, Pantoufle wants to know how long we can stay.


Vianne
Oh, tell Pantoufle not to worry. Time for bed. What story tonight?


Anouska
Pantoufle wants to hear about grandmere and grandpere.


Vianne
Not tonight, Anouska.


Anouska
You always say that. Tell about grandmere and grandpere.


Vianne
Not tonight. How about the princess and the pirates?


Anouska
Okay. Prepare to fire! All hands on deck! Ready, aim… fire!


Comte de Reynaud
Forgive the intrusion.


Vianne
It’s a pleasure.


Anouska
Sorry, monsieur. Pirate attack.


Comte de Reynaud
Of course. What is your name?


Anouska
Anouk. What’s yours?


Comte de Reynaud
I am the Comte de Reynaud, at your service.


Anouska
A real one? Like the Comte de Monte Cristo?


Comte de Reynaud
Ah-ah! He was not a real one.


Vianne
To what do we owe the honour of your visit?


Comte de Reynaud
Well, as mayor of Lansquenet… I want to welcome you to the community, and to invite you to worship with us at mass on Sunday.


Vianne
That’s very kind of you, but actually we don’t attend. We’re glad to be so near the church though. We’ll enjoy singing with the bells.


Comte de Reynaud
The bells are not intended as an entertainment, Madame. They are a solemn call to worship for…


Vianne
No, no. Mademoiselle.


Comte de Reynaud
I beg your pardon?


Vianne
Mademoiselle. I’ve never been married, but feel free to call me Vianne. I do hope you’ll stop by when I open for business next week.


Comte de Reynaud
Yes. Yes, opening a patisserie during the holy Lenten fast. I could imagine better timing.


Vianne
Oh, but it’s not going to be a patisserie.


Comte de Reynaud
Then what do you intend to..?


Vianne
It’s a surprise.


Narrator
The Comte de Reynaud was a student of history, and therefore a patient man. He trusted the wisdom of generations past. Like his ancestors, he watched over the little village… and led by his own example… hard work, modesty, self-discipline.


Comte de Reynaud
I have completed the eighteenth century. Madame Clairmont.


Mme Clairmont
Your letter to the editor, Monsieur de Comte. This paragraph about family and tradition, it’s… it’s beautiful.


Comte de Reynaud
Oh. Well, thank you. I, I value your opinion. May I ask, have you been in contact with your mother recently?


Mme Clairmont
Why?


Comte de Reynaud
She seems to have rented out the patisserie.


Mme Clairmont
Oh. Well, I haven’t talked to my mother in quite a while.


Comte de Reynaud
Oh, I’m sorry. I did not mean to pry.


Mme Clairmont
Oh, don’t be silly. I have no secrets from you. How is the comtesse enjoying Venice?


Comte de Reynaud
The comtesse? Oh, she’s fine, thank you. Yes, yes, she’s enjoying it very much. Venice.


Woman
I heard she was some kind of radical.


Boy 1
I heard she’s an atheist.


Boy 2
What’s that?


Boy 1
Don’t know.


Monsieur Blerot
Come on, Charly. Come on. Come on.


Mme Clairmont
Oh! You should be more careful!


Boy 1
So sorry, Madame.


Boy 2
I’m sorry.


Vianne
Are you all right?


Mme Clairmont
I’m fine, I’m fine.


Vianne
I’m sorry, I’m sorry. Do you want to come in and sit down?


Mme Clairmont
No, no. Please don’t trouble yourself. I’m fine.


Vianne
No, it’s no trouble. I’m Vianne Rocher.


Mme Clairmont
Caroline Clairmont. I’m the daughter of your landlady. This is my son Luc.


Vianne
Oh, hello. And this is my Anouk. Come in, please, where it’s warm. Try this. I bet you’ve never had hot chocolate made from a two-thousand year old recipe.


Mme Clairmont
Thank you, but no. Luc. No.


Mme Marceau
What’s this?


Anouska
What do you see, Madame, in this?


Mme Marceau
Sorry?


Vianne
What does it look like to you? Just say the first thing that comes into your mind.


Mme Marceau
Erm, a woman riding a wild horse?


Vianne
Ooh!


Mme Marceau
Oh, silly answer.


Vianne
Oh, no. There are no silly answers. The pepper triangle, that’s for you. A tiny hint of chili pepper… to play against the sweetness. Tangy, adventurous.


Anouska
What do you see?


Luc
I see teeth. I see blood… and a skull.


Vianne
Very dark. Bitter chocolate. That’s your favourite.


Mme Clairmont
Ah, which will have to wait five weeks more. Lent. Thank you.


Vianne
Oh.


Mme Clairmont
We must run along. It’s been nice to meet you. Come.


Vianne
My pleasure.


Anouska
Pantoufle, come on! Pirate attack!


Mme Marceau
How much are those… chili things, please?


Vianne
Four-fifty a box.


Mme Marceau
Could you put a ribbon on it?


Vianne
Mm-hmm.


Mme Marceau
Then I can pretend they are for my husband.


Vianne
Of course.


Mme Marceau
Josephine Muscat. She waltzes to her own tune.


Vianne
And these… are for your husband. Unrefined cocoa nips from Guatemala… to awaken the passions.


Mme Marceau
You’ve obviously never met my husband.


Vianne
Well, you’ve obviously never tried these.


Mme Marceau
Don’t be pathetic.


Mme Clairmont
Luc, you’ve got a tiny error in problem six. Oh, Luc.


Luc
It’s nothing. It already stopped. Mother… the new teacher… wants us to correct our own mistakes.


Mme Clairmont
I didn’t tell you how to correct the mistake, I just told you that you made one.


Mme Rivet
Not hungry, Monsieur le Comte?


Comte de Reynaud
The Lenten fast, Madame Rivet.


Mme Rivet
Are you not supposed to eat something?


Comte de Reynaud
It’s all right. Leave it.


Josephine
(Mumbling to herself)


Vianne
Hello. May I help you?


Josephine
It’s expensive. I don’t waste money.


Vianne
I have a knack for guessing people’s favourites. These are your favourites. Am I right? On the house.


Josephine
I think I’d better… (Mumbles to herself).


Mme Audel
Well.


Old Woman 2
This is certainly different.


Old Woman 3
Yes. Very different.


Mme Audel
Look at that. Oh!


Monsieur Blerot
Oh. I’m so sorry.


Mme Audel
Bonjour, Monsieur Blerot.


Monsieur Blerot
Bonjour, Madame Audel. No, not that way, Charly. Come on.



Vianne
Come in! Please. Come on, boy. I’ve got something for you. What’s your name?


Monsieur Blerot
Charly. He’s fourteen years old. That’s ninety-eight in human years.


Vianne
No, I meant your name.


Monsieur Blerot
Er, oh! Guillaume Blerot. You’re very kind. He has so few pleasures left.


Vianne
Er, would you care… Would you care to buy… something special, for your lady friend?


Monsieur Blerot
Lady friend?


Vianne
Uh-uh. The lovely woman your dog was so fond of. Her favourite is chocolate seashells. That’s my guess.


Monsieur Blerot
Oh, no. I mustn’t. Madame Audel is in mourning for her husband.


Vianne
Oh, I’m sorry. When, when did he pass away?


Monsieur Blerot
The war. German grenade.


Vianne
Well, it’s been fifteen years since the war, so surely…


Monsieur Blerot
Not that war. Monsieur Audel was killed on January the twelfth, nineteen-seventeen. It was quite a blow to Madame Audel.


Vianne
Apparently so.


Comte de Reynaud
Bonjour, Mesdames.


Ladies
Bonjour, Monsieur le Comte.


Comte de Reynaud
I wish all my tenants were as reliable as you, Madame Drou.


Mme Drou
How is the Comtesse enjoying Italy?


Comte de Reynaud
Uh… She may be extending her trip.


Mme Drou
Ah, very nice.


Comte de Reynaud
Have either of you seen the new shop across the square?


Mme Audel
Oh, the chocolaterie? Yes.


Comte de Reynaud
Shameless, isn’t it? The sheer nerve of the woman… opening a chocolaterie just in time for Lent. The woman is brazen. My heart goes out to that, poor, illegitimate child of hers. Bonjour.


Pere Henri
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, Cryin’ all the time, You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog, Cryin’ all the time, Well you ain’t never caught no rabbit, You ain’t no friend of mine. Yeah.


Comte de Reynaud
A new addition to the liturgy?


Pere Henri
I have a weakness for American music Monsieur le Comte.


Comte de Reynaud
How long have you been with us Pere Henri?


Pere Henri
It will be, er, five weeks.


Comte de Reynaud
Your predecessor, Pere Michel, he was with us for… five decades.


Pere Henri
Yes, well… I only pray I can live up to Pere Michel’s example.


Comte de Reynaud
Yes, that’s my prayer also. I looked at your sermon, as you requested. I’ve made one or two notes.


Pere Henri
You’re very kind.


Comte de Reynaud
Not at all. Oh, er, one more thing. If you haven’t seen the new chocolaterie, perhaps you might like to take a look. It’s important to know one’s enemy. Don’t you think?


Vianne
Hey, where’s my kiss?


Armande
Watch where you’re going!


Anouska
Excuse me!


Vianne
Hello. Morning.


Armande
What’s the d├ęcor… Early Mexican Brothel? Huh? No! If I need help, I’ll ask for it.


Vianne
What do you see in it?


Armande
Not a damn thing.


Vianne
Come on. It’s a game. What do you see?


Armande
I see a cranky old woman too tired to play games.


Vianne
Hmm. I’ve got just the thing for you.


Armande
That little girl of yours, does she mind it?


Vianne
Mind what?


Armande
The way you move her from place to place.


Vianne
Oh. She’s doing fine. I think it’s good for her. You know, seeing new places, meeting new people.


Armande
Your cinnamon looks rancid.


Vianne
Well, it’s not cinnamon. It’s a special kind of chili pepper.


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