Better Than Chocolate
name = Better Than Chocolate
caption = Movie poster
Sharon McGowan Peggy Thompson
Wendy Crewson Karyn Dwyer Christina Cox
Motion International Trimark Pictures
February 14 1999
runtime = 102 mins
country = flagicon|Canada
language = English
imdb_id = 0168987
Karyn Dwyer) has recently moved out on her own, and has started a relationship with another woman, Kim ( Christina Cox). However, Maggie's mother Lila ( Wendy Crewson) and brother are forced to move into her tiny loft sublet with her. 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."
Other cast and subplots
The cast also includes
Ann-Marie MacDonaldas Frances, the owner of a lesbianbookstore where Maggie works, and Peter Outerbridgeas Judy, a male to female transsexualwith an unrequited crush on Frances.
The film won numerous awards at film festivals around the world and was ranked 31st on the "
Hollywood Reporter"'s Top 200 independent films list of 1999. It is one of Canada's highest grossing films of all time according to the Cannes Film FestivalWebsite.
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 husband Ashwin Sood, has a small role in the film as a religious protestor.
The plot line about the bookstore is a fairly direct reference to Vancouver's
Little Sister's Book and Art Emporiumand its travails with Canada Customs. Ann-Marie MacDonald, who plays the bookstore's owner, is a well-known Canadian author.
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