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The Movie Chocolat is yet another story which parallels Platos Allegory of the Cave The story deals with a town full of people experiencing an awakening through the eating of chocolate Vianne and her daughter open up a Chocolaterie in a small French town during the season of lent They are met with stiff opposition from the mayor because of this and because they do not attend church Slowly the townspeople begin to visit the shop When they enter Vianne asks them to look at a spinning clay plate and tell her what they see After they do this she then tells them what their favorite chocolate is The first time customers become returning customers quickly It seems the townspeople cannot get enough of her chocolate It is similar to the real world in Allegory of the Cave and sexual experimentation as seen in Pleasantville The townspeople eventually begin to realize that there is more to life than always following the rules and doing what the mayor says is right One woman from the town who was in an abusive relationship with her husband befriends Vianne and takes up residence with her Through Viannes encouragement and the chocolate business the woman realizes that she needs to leave her husband He attempts several times to regain her trust but she holds strong and does not return to his side Viannes landlady had a grandson who she was not allowed to see because his mother was too overprotective of him Vianne convinces him to come by the Chocolaterie and visit his grandmother He is hesitant to try the chocolate at first but eventually they teach him to let loose His mother eventually catches him but by the end of the movie she too experiences a change of heart The chocolate that is served in the Chocolaterie allows people to let their inhibitions go and enjoy themselves The feel free and they open up
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