Genre: Biopic, Drama. Dir: Roschdy Zem. Country: France. English Subtitles.
The fascinating rise-and-fall story of the first popular Afro-Cuban artist of the French stage of the 1800s.
Lavishly set in stunning Belle Époque Paris, it is beautifully realised through the energised performances of the charismatic Omar Sy as Chocolat and real-life circus-performer (and grandson of Charlie Chaplin), James Thierrée.
The satisfaction of a circus duo’s rise to stardom, glamour and riches in Paris’ Nouveau Cirque can only last so long as Chocolat’s desire for equality takes hold.