Rachel Portman


Jazz, chocolate and an Academy Award nomination to boot — Rachel Portman's score for Chocolat is as indulgent as it gets.

Following on from becoming the first female composer to receive an Academy Award for Best Original Score with her score for Emma in 1996, Rachel Portman would go to receive nominations for two films directed by Lasse Hallström — The Cider House Rules in 1999 and Chocolat in 2000. This French-set comedy tells the story of Vianne Rocher, an expert chocolatier who's delicious treats changes the lives of the residents of the fictional French village Lansquenet-sous-Tannes. With turns from the likes of Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp, Chocolat was one of the best loved comedies of the year, and Rachel Portman's delightful score perfectly complimented the film's quaint and strange setting.