Visit the obscure towns where major movies are filmed
From Malan Head, Ireland to Woodstock, Ill., these locations are the settings for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' and other blockbusters.
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Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, France: 'Chocolat'
Designated one of "France's most beautiful villages," Flavigny-sur-Ozerain dates back to the 8th century and only averages around 400 year-round residents.
Such a charming, small town proved to be irresistible for Swedish director Lasse Hallström, who chose the site to shoot external scenes for his 2000 drama "Chocolat." The 69-year-old filmmaker, who spent months filming in Flavigny, said in an interview that the experience was "the time of my life."
Fans interested in seeing if Flavigny lives up to the impressions given by the film will not be disappointed. According to one tourist who visited the village, everything from the medieval, cobbled streets to the charming homes and ancient churches is as real and visually romantic as in the movie.
"It was surely a perfect choice of location by the film director Lasse Hallstrom," he added.