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 and real-life circus-performer (and grandson of Charlie Chaplin), James Thierrée.
During the late 1800s, former slave Chocolat 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 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.
"Omar Sy, a man with enough charisma to power the city of lights single-handed, beguiles as half of a Parisian clown act" - GUARDIAN
"visually handsome and for the most part thoroughly entertaining." - DAVID STRATTON
"superbly performed" - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Spectacular - indeed, from the two leads, virtuosic - performances, assured production design, an intriguing true story and an undeniably fun milieu" - ABC RADIO
Cast: Omar Sy, James Thierrée, Clotilde Hesme
Director: Roschdy Zem
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