Still, there is lots of repetition, so that after the second debt collection we start to think that it has to be accomplishable to come up with maybe just another different reason to throw Zen into her next fight than this. Caroline later reveals to Vianne that her mother is a diabetic, though Armande continues to eat the chocolate despite her condition. At the very end it is revealed that her grown-up daughter Anouk herself is the storyteller. Along with forceful Zen they look for them in order to collect the debt and get the money for Zin's hospital expenses. Vianne wears more colorful clothing than the village women, doesn't ascribe to religious convention, and has an illegitimate child.
Masashi comforts his long lost daughter and adopts her. The film was in production during 2006 and 2007, with promotional efforts including a cast appearance at the Bangkok Film Market during the in July. Getting a brilliant performance out of the actors surely isn't the focus of the movie in any way, but Jija nonetheless is convincing all the way through, and if being casted in a film that dealt with the subject autism in a serious way, she maybe even would have had what it takes to have success as an actress instead of as an action heroine. Together they hold a birthday party for Armande with other villagers and Romani on Roux's boat. The story of the movies sounds interesting, but apart from a promising main plot around an autistic girl, there isn't anything to write home about. She also has uncanny reflexes and is able to catch balls thrown at her without even looking. Let's get to the reason why anyone should see this movie anyway: the fights.
Zin asks Masashi to go back to Japan, as they would not be able to be together safely. The next day, Vianne awakens the chastened mayor, a mutual respect between them is established, and Pere Henri improvises an inspiring sermon. She and her chocolate quickly begin to influence the lives of the townspeople in very different and interesting ways. The couple isn't granted a happy future, though, and so Masashi eventually has to say his beloved goodbye. When Moom does not return, Zin goes to confront No. It was also nominated for eight , and four. The Comte will not admit that his wife has left him.
Zin cuts all her ties with the mafia and moves into a small apartment. She has a daughter named Zen who is soon found to be. At the same time, under the instruction of Reynaud, Serge, having seemingly changed into a better man, asks Josephine to come back to him. Those skills come to good use when Zin one day falls victim to cancer and needs money for treatment. Zen fights through many of No. However, apart from being the fulfillment of a man's dream of a butt-kicking woman, she also delivers a surpringly well done portrayal of an autistic girl. As Zen gets older, Zin one day decides to tell Masashi about his daughter by writing him a letter.
In the hands of a director who knows what to make of this material, this could have had the substance to weave a drama around it, but here there is left no doubt that this is simply an introduction in order to keep us on the tenterhooks until the first breath-taking action sequences please our eyes. Jija simply has the charisma a role such as this demands and she also has the physical power and prowess to carry the movie on her shoulders alone, while on a acting level she gets support from Hiroshi Abe in a small role. She realizes there will be retaliation from No. There is something innocent about her, she looks rather frail. Sometimes you even got to ask yourself how the stuntmen and the actors actually managed to survive this movie. Her friendly and alluring nature begins to win the villagers over one by one, causing Reynaud to openly speak against her for tempting the people during a time of abstinence and self-denial. Atif Aslam rendered his voice to the track.
Feeling sorry for his plight, she takes him in. Zin then falls ill with cancer and does not have the money to pay for treatments. Well, that's something that could appease some fans, because when was the last time that a action-heroine actually had something to say in a martial arts flick? All songs written by Rachel Portman, except where noted. Vianne also develops a friendship with a troubled woman, Josephine , who is a victim of brutal beatings by her abusive husband Serge. After the party, Josephine and Anouk fall asleep on a boat, while Roux and Vianne make love. The river scenes were filmed at at in , and interior scenes at , , England.
Both the Easter Sunday sermon and the festival are a success, and the storyteller reveals that Reynaud and Caroline start a relationship half a year later. However, he falls in love with Zin. Apart from all this, the concept itself, namely that an autistic girl learns martial arts through watching Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa movies, is just fascinating. However, they are not able to earn enough to keep up with the treatments. Therefore, the lack of any true story shouldn't be a criterion for most viewers to depreciate this movie. Zen and Moom attempt to make the money needed to pay for them by having people throw balls at Zen as a street performance act.
Zin is forced to move again to a house shared by a kickboxing school. Moom is captured by No. A drunken Serge breaks into the chocolaterie later that night and attempts to attack both women, before Josephine, in a moment of empowerment, knocks him out with a skillet. The unseen narrator concludes the story: Roux returns in the summer to be with Vianne, who despite her constant need for change resolves to stay, having found a home for herself and her daughter in the village. In order to get money to pay for her mother's cancer treatment, Zen and Moom decide to collect on the debts. Years later their daughter, Zen Yanin Vismitananda , is grown up, but she is autistic and lives in her own small world. Sadly, there was some use of wires involved into these scenes, which nevertheless couldn't prevent from some serious injuries to happen.