The third of my thoughts from following Christ and the Chocolaterie which in turn uses the film Chocolat
This is about Giving Wise and considering the possibility of Change.
This reflection needs you to have watched the film Chocolat.
What is the film Chocolat about?
Is the film about Lent versus chocolate? What about the Comte’s view of the church and strangers come to the town of Lasquenet? Consider his attitude to strangers at the beginning of the film. He is less that happy about Vianne arriving and opening her chocolate shop. He is hostile to the River Rats, to the point of encouraging the townsfolk to have no dealing with the them.
The town is ruled by norms – Lenten observance; hosility to the River Rats, etc. Vianne’s arrival has challenged those norms and initially creates turmoil in the minds of the Comte and the townsfolk. The Comte attempts to maintain the status quo by influencing the priest and by influencing the townsfolk.
Think about your own life. Is it ruled by the Norms that have been established in your life? How do you respond to a stranger coming into your life and challenging those norms? Are you hostile to them and what they represent or do you embrace their culture and way of life?
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