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Thursday, March 22, 2001

I have to recommend Chocolat to everyone. It's the most perfect little fairy tale I've seen in a long time. And it was the perfect movie for a perfectly romantic and wonderful evening.

Chocolat is also the perfect little pagan parable. The moral of the story is basically to enjoy life while you're living it and to make the world a better place with your actions. This is played out by pitting the very pious town mayor in a very Catholic town against a young, unwed mother who opens a chocolate shop across the street from the church during Lent. This movie is great all on it's own, but it's made even better by the wonderful cast. There's Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Judi Dench, Carrie Anne Moss, Lena Olin, Leslie Caron, and a bunch of other lesser known, but highly skilled actors and actresses. The little girl playing Anouk is particularly impressive. If I had my choice, this movie would definitely win the Oscar next week (and I say this having seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), but I'm sure something dumb like Gladiator will get it instead.

And as for my wonderful romantic fabulous evening, it was wonderful. We played Chez Geek at dinner with the new expansion. Rick arrived on time/early to dinner. After the movie, I commented how nice it was that he made it on time and how surprised I was that nothing came up at work. He said, "Oh, well it did, but I told them they'd have to wait until tomorrow." Now, to some that may seem like the wrong answer, but as someone who has stood alone waiting outside of a movie theater on more than one occasion for a Rick who was delayed by one of his users, only to have him arrive too late and complain about the stupid users, I was really thrilled to finally rate higher than the stupid user. I don't have to rate higher every time, but it felt really great just this once. When he told me that, it made me cry all the way home. We played one more Chez Geek card when we got home!

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