Making the Grades
Some movies are so convoluted it's hard to know where to start. This film's title alone ought to warn audiences that this script is full of implausible pairings. The blood part becomes evident soon enough when a trio of Colorado vigilantes murders a family and burns their house to the ground. Why? We're not sure.
The second part of the title takes a little longer to discover. Apparently the slaughtered family emigrated from the Romanian capital of Bucharest. And that is where Vivian, the one surviving daughter of the massacred household, is sent back to live with her Aunt Astrid (Katja Riemann), who, by coincidence, is a chocolatier.
During the day, the now grown-up Vivian (Agnes Bruckner) works in her aunt's candy shop and makes deliveries. At night she hangs out at a club where she doesn't appear to have any fun at all. She refuses to dance, sulks over her drink and berates her cousin (Bryan Dick) and his cronies for their foolish, hotheaded antics.
Still later, the real truth of Vivian's life emerges. She, like her extended family members, is part of an ancient sect of werewolves known as the Loup Garou. Masquerading as humans by day, they can turn themselves into real wolves simply by willing it. Deep in the Romanian forest they gather on the first full moon of the month to hunt as a pack. Congregating around a large rock, their leader Gabriel (Olivier Martinez) presents a human sacrifice. This time it happens to be an unlucky chap who has been caught trafficking drugs. (Cause enough to make him the object of their gory entertainment.)
Before slashing the captive's arm (presumably to release the scent of blood and incite their inner wolf instincts), the group, still in human form, crouches and jostles like a pack of hungry wolves, waiting for their prey to make a futile run for safety. After giving the unlucky "meat" a charitable head start, the crowd takes off, magically transforming along the way into a ferocious bunch of werewolves.
It's unfortunate then that a young, graphic artist (Hugh Dancy) studying the legend of the Loup Garou for his next novel, would fall in love with Vivian who, unbeknownst to him, is one of them. The unsuitable friendship raises the hackles of all of Vivian's family members who believe she is the one destined to be the next female leader of the pack. When Vivian turns her back on the prophecy and decides to take charge of her own future, the canines are ready to attack.
In this dog-eat-dog script, there is plenty for parents to worry about. Bloody depictions of death, stabbings, shootings and explosions all rock the screen. Naked bodies, sexual innuendo, erotic dancing and profanities are also included. Added to those concerns are laughable platitudes, cheesy special effects and a confusing plot that takes itself much too seriously, making this doggie of a tale anything but delicious to watch.
Discussion Ideas After The Movie
Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Blood and Chocolate.
In the film, both humans and werewolves are afraid of one another. Why do we often mistrust things that we don’t understand or that are different in some way? What are the consequences of fear in the movie?
Vivian is believed to be the chosen one, destined to be the next wife of Gabriel. Does she believe it is her fate? Why isn’t she eager to fulfill the prophecy?