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Cohen Film Collection serves Claude Chabrol's steamy, scary Nightcap

Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
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We love movies that scare us until our bowels are empty.
Now, the Cohen Film Collection will bring one of the final films of master director Claude Chabrol to Blu-ray and DVD. The digitally remastered Nightcap will be released in deluxe Blu-ray and DVD editions on September 30.
Titled Merci Pour le Chocolat upon its original 2000 release, Nightcap is a dark and droll thriller with comic undertones about the fine art of killing. Mika Muller (portrayed by Isabelle Huppert) is the head of a Swiss chocolate company who is not above dispensing a potent blend of hot chocolate and dangerous sedatives to those who get in her way.
After a brief marriage 18 years ago, Mika has recently remarried concert pianist Andre Polonski (Jacques Dutronc), and the two live with Guillaume (Rodolphe Pauly), Andre's son from his second marriage who clearly shares none of his father's musical talent. Into their lives steps a young woman, aspiring pianist Jeanne Pollet (Anna Mouglalis); she was born on the same day as Guillaume and, as we learn, was almost switched at birth with him.
Hmmm, does Jeanne's prodigious talent at the piano and her resemblance to Andre's late second wife hint at a deeper connection?
As Jeanne draws closer and closer to Andre, she begins to suspect that Mika is drugging her stepson - and that she might have killed Andre's previous wife (her mother). The question for Mika is: Will there be enough chocolate to go around?
Based on the novel The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong, Nightcap is Claude Chabrol at the top of his form; so top that at France's Lumiere Awards, he won the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc. Huppert won Best Actress honors for the film at the Montreal World Film Festival.
This of this as hot chocolate.

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