Once upon a time, there was a quiet little village in the French countryside, whose people believed in Tranquilité - Tranquility. If you lived in this village, you understood what was expected of you. You knew your place in the scheme of things. And if you happened to forget, someone would help remind you. In this village, if you saw something you weren't supposed to see, you learned to look the other way. If perchance your hopes had been disappointed, you learned never to ask for more. So through good times and bad, famine and feast, the villagers held fast to their traditions. Until, one winter day, a sly wind blew in from the North ...
It is Friday and my weekend advice is simple: Watch your favourite film. I bet you have many so it's not always easy to choose. I plan to find and buy Chocolat (2000) by Lasse Hallström, which was based on the book with the same title by Joanne Harris. It's been a long time since I watched it and it always leaves me inspired. This film touches on so many themes but what I've always loved about it, apart from all the delicious chocolate and food scenes, is the use of colours.
When Vianne [Juliette Binoche] and her daughter arrive in town, a small village in France in 1959, they are wearing red capes and Vianne always wears red shoes when the other women in town wear black ones. Another example is the transformation of Josephine's character [Lena Olin] that is seen through her wardrobe change. By the way, Lasse Hallström who directed the film is the husband of Lena Olin. The cast is amazing: Judi Dench, Alfred Molina and Johnny Depp, just to name a few. I found one of my favourite scenes on YouTube and here is the trailer for those who haven't seen the film.
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top & bottom left: via IMDb
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YouTube: a scene from Chocolat