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If it hadn’t been for the 2000 American-British romantic drama film, Chocolat, based on the novel of the same name by Joanne Harris, I might not have discovered gypsy jazz, a style of music often said to have been started by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because the origins are largely in France it is often called by the French name, “jazz manouche.”
If you haven’t seen the wonderful movie, Chocolat, you have missed a brilliant story of a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives at the fictional, repressed French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter and opens La Chocolaterie Maya, a small chocolaterie….during Lent! Her chocolate begins to change the lives of the townspeople. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was also nominated for eight BAFTAs, and four Golden Globes. Judi Dench won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in the film.
For all the arm chair travelers reading this post, the film was shot in the village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in Burgundy, France, and on the Rue De L’ancienne Poste in Beynac-et-Cazenac on the Dordogne River in Dordogne, France. One of my favorite scenes takes place on a caravan where Juliette Binoche and Johnny dance. It is a moment of gypsy jazz style ROMANCE that is yummy. This scene was filmed at Foothill Lake at Foothill Bishop in Wiltshire, England. If you stream Netflix, treat yourself ASAP and you will see why the movie/music are a few of my favorite things.