At The Cinema  •  Now Showing Monsieur Chocolat

This lively and unmissable French box-office hit details the fascinating rise-and-fall story of the first popular Afro-Cuban artist of the French stage. Lavishly set in stunning Belle Époque Paris, it is beautifully realised through the energised performances of the charismatic Omar Sy (The Intouchables, 2011) and real-life circus-performer (and grandson of Charlie Chaplin), James Thierrée.

During the late 1800s, former slave Chocolat (Sy) is making a living in a provincial French circus performing the role of a tooth-baring cannibal named Kalanka — a surprisingly novel spectacle for the country people who have never seen a black man before. It is here that he impresses established performer George Footit (Thierrée) who takes him under his wing. Together, they develop a routine which catapults them to stardom, glamour and riches in Paris’ Nouveau Cirque. However, the satisfaction of success can only last so long as Chocolat’s desire for equality begins to take hold.


Palace Verona, Palace Norton St, Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace Cremorne, Roseville Cinemas, Ritz CinemaAvoca Beach Picture Theatre & Tower Cinemas Newcastle

VIC: Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Como, Kino Cinemas, Cinema NovaClassic Cinemas, Cameo Cinemas, Lido Cinemas & Regent Cinemas Ballarat

QLD: Palace Centro, Palace Barracks, Dendy Portside, Regal Twin Graceville & Arts Centre Gold Coast

SA: Palace Nova Eastend, Trak Cinemas

TAS: State Cinema Hobart

Director: Roschdy Zem
Writers: Cyril Gely (Screenplay)
Olivier Gorce, Gérard Noiriel, Roschdy Zem (adaptation)
Omar Sy
James Thierrée
Clotilde Hesme