Friday, April 25, 2008

Les Enfants du Filmes

Georges du Fresne
Ma Vie en Rose, 1997

There are an inordinate amount of lips in this video of the title song to Ma Vie en Rose but I adore the song and it's performed here in its entirety by Zazie.

I have a penchant for films with children in leading roles. Here are a list of my favorites:

Les Choristes (of course!) directed by Christophe Barratier (French, 2004)

Ma Vie en Rose directed by Alain Berliner (Belgian, 1997)

Ciao Professore my favorite Lina Wertmuller film. (Italian, 1992)

The Return directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev (Russian, 2003) And whether you rent or buy this, you must make sure to watch the extra features with all of the interviews after watching the film.

Nobody Knows directed by Hirokazu Koreeda (Japanese, 2004) with a lovely song over the final passage I'm hoping to post next Friday.

Spirit of the Beehive directed by Victor Erice (Spanish, 1973)

Ponette directed by Jacques Doillon (French, 1996)

Burnt by the Sun directed by Nikita Mikhalkov (Russian 1994) Required if you have any interest in Russian history.

Children of Heaven written and directed by Majid Majidi (Iranian 1997)

The Day I Became a Woman directed by Marzieh Meshkini (Iranian, 2000) Told in three segments, one of which features two children you will not forget.

Well, you won't forget any of the children in these award winning films — all completely different, all moving and remarkable. Rent, buy or see if your local library owns a copy of these great works. Watch them.

Hey, what about the U.S.?

Meet Me In St. Louis directed by Vincent Minnelli (US 1944) made me a fan forever of Margaret O'Brien in her role as Tootie.

I just saw my friend Helen Hood Scheer's new independent documentary Jump! at the Nashville Film Festival. Children definitely take the lead in this. You can buy a copy of the DVD through the film's website and if you like the idea, you can ask your local YMCA or school to host screenings as a way of launching jump rope as a new sport. Watch the animated opening credits!

Do you have a favorite film with children in the leading roles? If so, why don't you share them with us in the comments here?

Come over to Lanscape into Art to see my painting of the day and dogwoods in bloom at Studies and Sketches.

My songs and CDs

1 comment:

birginia said...

I just saw an extraordinary film called "Arranged". It's about the unlikely, or maybe not so unlikely, friendship that develops between a young Muslim woman and a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the Brooklyn area of New York City. Although the main characters are not strictly speaking children, the movie is all about children and coming of age, tradition and modernity. Watching this movie is time well spent.