From circus to theatre, from anonymity to fame, the incredible destiny of Chocolat the clown, the first black stage performer in France. The unprecedented duo he forms with Footit is very popular in Belle Époque Paris until easy money, gambling and discrimination take their toll on their friendship and Chocolat's career. The singular story of an exceptional artist.
Nobody was clamouring for Omar Sy’s negligible presence in Jurassic World but the title role in Roschdy Zem’s bittersweet historical drama Chocolat is a marvellous showcase for a fuller range of his talents and effortless charisma, globally appreciated since The Untouchables. James Thiérrée — who, with age, looks more and more like his grandfather Charlie Chaplin — is also superb as George Footit, the clown who, in partnership with Chocolat, revolutionised what a circus act could do. (…)
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