Celebrated filmmaker Claire Denis drew on her childhood experiences in 1960s French colonial Africa for Chocolat, her absorbing feature-film debut that introduced themes she’s revisited throughout her career.

After many years living in France, a White woman (Mireille Perrier) returns to her hometown in Cameroon and reflects on her relationship with a Black servant (Isaach De Bankolé) with whom she formed a friendship while not fully grasping the racial divides that governed their worlds. A new 4K digital restoration allows audiences to truly savor this evocative drama.

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While the entry from Main Street into the Law Building is under construction, park in the Beck Building garage (1144 Binz Street) and take the Wilson Tunnel to the theater. Construction does not affect access to Lynn Wyatt Theater in the Kinder Building. Campus Map

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.


Directed by Claire Denis
(France/West Germany/Cameroon, 1988, 105 minutes, in French, English, and Hausa with English subtitles, 4K digital restoration)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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