Blood & Chocolate (film)
|Blood & Chocolate|
|Directed by||Katja von Garnier|
|Produced by||Wolfgang Esenwein
Richard S. Wright
|Written by||Ehren Kruger
Christopher B. Landon
Annette Curtis Klause
|Music by||Reinhold Heil
|Edited by||David Gamble
Emma E. Hickox
Blood & Chocolate is a 2007 film directed by Katja von Garnier, produced by Lakeshore Entertainment and distributed by MGM. It is very loosely based on the young-adult novel of the same name by Annette Curtis Klause, which was adapted into a screenplay by Ehren Kruger. The movie was released on DVD on June 13, 2007 in the USA.
Vivian is a nineteen-year-old werewolf. She was born in Bucharest, Romania to American parents who then moved back to America. When Vivian was nine years old, her parents and two siblings were killed by two hunters who then proceeded to burn down their house. She then moved back to Bucharest to live with her aunt Astrid (Katja Riemann), who was the mate of the pack's leader, Gabriel (Olivier Martinez) at that time. To Astrid's distress, Gabriel left her after seven years in accordance with pack law to choose a new mate. The culmination of another seven years is only a few months away and Gabriel wants the reluctant Vivian as his.
This is not, however, what she wants. She begins a romance with a graphic novelist Aiden (Hugh Dancy) who is researching for his latest book. Though he is human, he knows much about her kind, the Loups-Garoux (werewolves). Their romance is closely watched by her cousin Rafe (Bryan Dick) and his friends Ulf, Gregor, Finn and Willem, together known as the five. Believing that she is telling him all their secrets- as seen by a drawing he did of her and wolves because he knew her as "The Wolf Girl"- and may grow to be a danger to their pack, Rafe tells Gabriel of them. Gabriel then tells Rafe that Aiden must leave or he must be dealt with.
Rafe lures Aiden to an abandoned church with the ruse that Vivian wanting to reconnect and attempts to scare him away. When this doesn't work, Rafe attacks and underestimates Aiden who defends himself and forces him back into a table where he cuts himself. Aiden, who did not know prior what Vivian and her friends were, sees the golden glow of the Loups-Garoux and realizes what he's been dating. The two fight, with Aiden attacking Rafe with a silver pendant and Rafe turning to a wolf, until Aiden eventually gains the upper hand and sends both over the rail, killing Rafe.
Afterwards, Aiden confronts Vivian about what she is, tempting her with his blood. She does not give in but is hurt that Aiden would think she was such a monster. Not long after, Aiden is captured by the pack to answer for killing Rafe, Gabriel's son. He is made to run through the forest while being chased by the pack. If the pack catches him, he dies. If he makes it to the river and crosses it, he lives. Vivian is scared for him and changes into her wolf form, a white wolf, to save him from the rest of the pack. Aiden makes it to the river by confusing the pack, using his blood to spread his scent and make it harder for the pack to track him. Gabriel, however, is angry that Aiden made it to the river and attempts to follow him anyway, to kill him. Vivian helps to protect Aiden by throwing Gabriel off. Aiden, not realizing that the white wolf is Vivian, strikes her with a silver knife causing her to slowly die unless she gets an antidote.
After hiding from the pack, Aiden and Vivian find the pharmacist who has the antidote for the silver poisoning and steals it from him, but not before he calls the rest of the pack. After being chased, Vivian tells Aiden to save himself and is captured by the pack. She is held in a cage and taunted by the rest of the five while Gabriel attempts to curve her to his way of thinking. Aiden comes to Vivian's rescue and in the end Vivian has to kill Gabriel.
Aiden and Vivian go towards the age of hope. Driving past other loups-garous, the wolves are shown to bare their necks in respect to Vivian and Aiden, showing Vivian to possibly be the new leader of the pack.
- Agnes Bruckner as Vivian
- Hugh Dancy as Aiden
- Olivier Martinez as Gabriel
- Katja Riemann as Astrid
- Bryan Dick as Rafe
- Chris Geere as Ulf
- Tom Harper as Gregor
- John Kerr as Finn
- Jack Wilson as Willem
- Vitalie Ursu as Constani
- Bogdan Voda as Albu
- Kata Dobó as Beatrice
- Maria Dinulescu as Girl in Red
- Sandu Mihai Gruia as Pharmacist
Since 1997, five directors were in talks to film Blood and Chocolate, namely Larry Williams and his wife Leslie Libman, Po-Chih Leong, Sanji Senaka and Rupert Wainwright, before Katja von Garnier finally signed in January 2005 to direct the film. The book was originally adapted into a script by Christopher Landon whose father Michael Landon had a leading role in the film I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957).
Author Annette Curtis Klause was not kept up to date by the producers of the film. She had to find the information about the filming on the Web.
Filming was set in Bucharest historic part of the city and at MediaPro Studios in Buftea. However, as many of the American movies based in Bucharest, the movie failed to be accurate in presenting the real places in city, for example the Piata Romana (Romana Square) is actually the Curtea Veche yard (Old Court, a destroyed old palace), or Biserica Silvestru (Silvestru Church, in downtown Bucharest) is actually a church in Stirbey Palace, Buftea, a few tens of kilometres west of Bucharest.
The movie was a box office bomb, taking in only $2.1 million in the United States on its opening weekend and dropping out of the top 20 grossing movies in only its second week of release. The film holds an 11% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 8 out of 63 critics giving it an approving rating.
Blood & Chocolate: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack was released on 23 January 2007 by Lakeshore Records.
- "Blood and Chocolate at director's site (de icon)".
- "Interview with author Annette Curtis Klause".
- Blood and Chocolate. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 02 July 2013
- Official website
- Blood & Chocolate at the Internet Movie Database
- Blood & Chocolate at AllMovie
- Blood & Chocolate at Filmaffinity
- Blood and Chocolate at katja-von-garnier.com