Chocolat Information

Chocolat is a 2016 French drama film directed by Roschdy Zem and starring Omar Sy and James Thirre.


The clown Chocolat (Omar Sy) becomes, in 1886, the first black artist of the French scene.


In 1897, a black man named Kananga, the son of former slave Cuba, plays a small role in the modest circus Delvaux. George Foottit, a white clown, is asked by the director to bring up their numbers. He gets the idea to have an act with Kananga; a white authoritative clown and a black scapegoat named Chocolat.

They are well received and the word spreads through France, reaching Joseph Oller, director of the Nouveau Cirque. He asks Foottit and Chocolat to take their show to his Parisian establishment. The success is immediate, and Chocolat becomes the first famous black clown. The success stirs envy in his previous employer's wife. She denounces him for being in France illegally.

Chocolat is arrested and tortured by the police. "A negro always remains a negro," the police commander tells Chocolat when he releases him. While the humiliation in the circus act is staged for humorous effect, the racism Chocolat encounters in France grinds him down. Chocolat is both celebrated as a star and made into a racial caricature. This becomes strikingly apparent when the poster for the show depicts Chocolat with the face of an ape. Faced with the hypocrisy of French society, he gives himself up to gambling and women. At the end of his life, Chocolat falls into obscurity and dies of illness.

Historical accuracy

The film is only loosely based on the real life of Rafael Padilla, son of a slave from Cuba, a Spanish colony at the time.


Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 100% of critics gave the film a positive review.


  • Omar Sy as Chocolat
  • James Thirre as George Foottit
  • Clotilde Hesme as Marie
  • Olivier Gourmet as Joseph Oller
  • Frdric Pierrot as Monsieur Delvaux
  • Nomie Lvovsky as Madame Delvaux
  • Alice de Lencquesaing as Camille
  • Alex Descas as Victor
  • Olivier Rabourdin as Firmin Gmier
  • Xavier Beauvois as Flix Pottin
  • Denis and Bruno Podalyds as Auguste and Louis Lumire
  • Thibault de Montalembert as Jules Moy
  • Hlna Soubeyrand as Rgina Badet
  • Christophe Fluder as Marval
  • Antonin Maurel as Ortis
  • Mick Holsbeke as Green


Premio / Pelicula Festival Categoria Reconocidos y nominaciones Resultados
Premios Csar Mejor Actor Omar Sy
Mejor Actor Secundario James Thirre
Mejor Sonido Brigitte Taillandier, Vincent Guillon and Stphane Thibaut
Mejor Msica Original Gabriel Yared
Mejor Diseo de Produccin Jrmie D. Lignol
Premios Globos de Cristal Mejor Pelicula
Mejor Actor Omar Sy
Premios Lumires Mejor Actor Omar Sy
James Thirre

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