Jesse Jackson, cinema and the single mom: On a whim, a New York Times’ archive search turns up a review of “Chocolat” on the edge of its two-week run and about to slip into the land of paid-retrieval content. Does this make Jesse Johnny Depp?

“It’s the classic struggle of our time,” he said. Juliette Binoche, playing a free-spirited chocolatier and unmarried mom, takes on a hypocritical mix of morality, religion and politics in 1950’s France. The film could be said to have a message. But a booming one, worthy of Mr. Jackson’s microphone?

“Absolutely,” he said. “The movie is as dramatic as Nov. 7, and it is as though it was written about our times instead of for our times. It’s about the great theme of our time, intolerance. You can just see the religious right narrowly defining the rights of others.”

Later he said: “It’s not like a typical movie, it’s almost biographical.”


Does Mr. Jackson see himself in Vianne, Ms. Binoche’s character? The woman the mayor wants out of the village? “The movie is really about us going to Birmingham to get the right to vote,” he explained in a Lincoln Town Car plowing through Times Square. “People said: ‘You’re not from here, you don’t belong here. Go away.’ ”

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