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Better than Chocolate

Directed by Anne Wheeler
Canada, 1999 (fiction, 101 minutes, colour, English)
Also known as "Maggie and Lila", "Meilleur que le chocolat"

Film Description:
"Maggie is a young college drop-out who is working in a lesbian bookstore in Vancouver. She meets and falls for Kim, and her life seems to be stable. Then her mom calls, telling her that not only is she getting divorced for the second time, but she and Maggie's little brother are coming to Vancouver, and moving into Maggie's place. If this wasn't horrifying enough, Mom knows nothing of Maggie's sexuality, and so she and Kim have to concoct a plan to break the news gently."
-- annewheeler.com (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Peggy Thompson
Produced by: Christopher Adkins, Sharon McGowan, Rosamund Norbury, Peggy Thompson
Principal Cast: Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Peter Outerbridge, Marya Delver, Kevin Mundy, Tony Nappo, Jay Brazeau
Cinematography: Gregory Middleton
Film Editing: Alison Grace
Music: Graeme Coleman
Production Company: Telefilm Canada, Rave Film Inc., British Columbia Film Commission
(sources)

Quote by the Director

"This [Better than Chocolate] is a film about censorship -- not just of books, but of one's own emotional and sexual self. I want it to be funny without trying to be funny."
-- Anne Wheeler (source)

Quotes about Better than Chocolate

"With merchandise intercepted at the border and deemed 'obsene', the plight of Ten Percent Books brings to mind the lengthy legal battle between Canada Customs and the West End's Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium, a case that reached the Supreme Court in 2000. However, the fictitious bookstore in Anne Wheeler's Better than Chocolate, with its neighbouring Italian caffè, is clearly rooted in the community vibe of East Van."
-- Diane Burgess (source)

"Marketed as a romantic comedy with a lesbian twist, the heart of Better than Chocolate is the mother-daughter story between Lila (Wendy Crewson), a clueless middle-aged suburban mom, and Maggie (Karyn Dwyer), her 19-year-old, self-possessed lesbian daughter. The changing dynamics of this relationship serve as a catalyst for Lila's transformation into an independent and courageous woman."
-- Kathleen Cummins (source)

Quotes about Better than Chocolate [in French]

"Malgré certains défauts assez évidents, [Better than Chocolate] reste une comédie pétillante, pleine d'entrain et sans complexes, un divertissement bien intentionné porté par quelques superbes figures comiques et quelques forts instants dramatiques. Celui du numéro de cabaret, où Judy chante I'm not a fucking drag queen, trône au sommet du film, comme la preuve inespérée que l'humour, l'amour et le sexe, sont bien meilleurs que le chocolat."
-- Martin Bilodeau (source)

"Même si les moeurs ont beaucoup évolué au cours des dernières années, la divulgation aux parents d'une orientation sexuelle différente demeure, encore aujourd'hui, une étape délicate à franchir. C'est du moins ce que nous dit la réalisatrice canadienne Anne Wheeler dans Better than Chocolate, une comédie romantique conjuguée au féminin qui, sans faire preuve de très grande originalité, se révèle tout de même très sympathique."
-- Marc-André Lussier (source)

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