Better Than Chocolate
|Better Than Chocolate|
|Directed by||Anne Wheeler|
|Produced by||Sharon McGowan|
|Written by||Peggy Thompson|
|Music by||Graeme Coleman|
|Edited by||Alison Grace|
|Distributed by||Motion International|
|February 14, 1999|
Maggie (Karyn Dwyer) has recently moved out on her own and has started a relationship with Kim (Christina Cox). However, Maggie's mother Lila (Wendy Crewson) and brother, who are forced to move into her loft sublet with her, are unaware that she is a lesbian. Maggie's freedom is compromised, and she believes she must keep her blossoming affair a secret. However, the clandestine romance introduces Maggie's family to a host of new experiences, many of which are "better than chocolate".
The film takes its name from a lyric in Sarah McLachlan's song "Ice Cream", "Your love is better than chocolate". Veena Sood, the sister of McLachlan's then-husband Ashwin Sood, has a small role in the film as a religious protester.
The plot line about the bookstore is a fairly direct reference to Vancouver's Little Sister's Book and Art Emporium and its travails with Canada Customs. The bookstore is thanked in the credits. Ann-Marie MacDonald, who plays the bookstore's owner, is a well-known Canadian author.
The movie poster, which shows two women embracing and one woman's naked back, was banned by the Hong Kong Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority as it was deemed "offensive to public morality, decency and ordinary good taste." An advertisement in the San Diego Union-Tribune was also removed, due to the word "lesbian" being present on the movie poster.
The soundtrack of the film was released as a CD in 1999 on Lakeshore Records.
- Track listing
- Sexy - West End Girls
- When I Think Of You - Melanie Dekker
- 32 Flavors - Ani DiFranco
- Julie Christie - Lorraine Bowen
- Perfect Fingers - Tami Greer
- Let's Have Sex - Studio Kings 2.0/Trippy
- In My Mind - Trippy
- My Place - Edgar
- I'm Not A Fucking Drag Queen - Peter Outerbridge
- Stand Up - Ferron
- Night - Feisty
- Long Gone - Kelly Brock
- Pure (You're Touching Me) - West End Girls
- "Review of Better Than Chocolate". AfterEllen, Aug 13, 2007
- George Melnyk (2004). One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema. University of Toronto Press. pp. 173, 339. ISBN 978-0-8020-8444-6.
- "FILM REVIEW; The Many Flavors of Love, For Just About Any Taste". New York Times. By STEPHEN HOLDEN August 13, 1999
- "The Sixth Sense to Fight Club (August - October 1999)". Pop Matters, 24 March 2009
- "Nothing better than Chocolate for veteran director Wheeler". Toronto Star - Toronto, Ont. Walker, Susan. Aug 13, 1999. Page: E1
- Statement for the decision on a poster for a Category III film
- San Diego Union-Tribune Refuses to Run The Word 'Lesbian' in Advertising
- "Original Soundtrack Better Than Chocolate". AllMusic, Review by Stacia Proefrock