Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Anticipated Treasure...

I have written before of my love affair with Chocolat. No, not the confection, although that is, indeed, very wonderful! But the movie with Juliette Binoche. I love, love, love that movie, and I have made no secret about trying to "own or capture" it as many ways as possible. I guess you might say I collect Chocolat...
So, I own the DVD... I had to purchase two CDs because I broke my original on a cold January day... Did you know CDs became more fragile when they are below zero? I have the VCR... I bought the movie on iTunes, it's on my iPad at all times... And my iPod... Yep. Money wasted in part... I believe it all can be traced to the time I fell in love with a little French town.... In Chocolat. I inhaled Vianne in one wild transfusion... Voila! The metamorphosis was complete. I am Vianne...... ( without all the figure to die for, beautiful dark curls, high heels and tight sweaters, captivating Irish pirate vagabond... Baggage!)



Actually, my spirit is the problem! I crave to be Vianne.... I don't even care about the Johnny Depp part. I just love her vivacious spirit, her wisdom with her comments, the energy and elan of that little shop.... I want that. I want to come into something that's all dirty and unloved and turn it into a shop of magical, soothing elixirs.... or bits of "ephemera" that speak to the soul--- I want that. I want to read people and magically give them a bit of something delicious I made that will fix their lives..



As I've told you before, I saw this movie at least six times when it was released at the little movie theater in Moberly. I saw it all alone.... Well, others were there, but I went alone. After the first time, I took gold wrapped chocolates to every show and gave them to everyone before the movie. Got a lot of weird stares!!! I love the music.... It's almost all I play in the car any more.



I have watched Chocolat at home probably way more than 100 times. It soothes my soul; the music cheers me; the effervescence of Vianne inspires; the singleness cheers; the happy twist of finding Anouk safe after the angst of the explosion at the River Docks delights; the quirkiness tickles me... When I've had to recover from melancholy over my life choices...( and who hasn't?), I often turn it on at night and go to sleep with it.... Ah, the DVD experience to awaken to the repeat pattern of the opening choice screen...

One might say that I'm obsessed! This movie alone sparked my love of French things... Decor, clothing... I had a French theme in my room at school for years... Which always generated some young thing to say... "But you teach Spanish?!?!?!" Indeed.



Of course, I read the book.... I LIKED IT, BUT I PREFERRED THE CHARACTERS THE WAY THEY WERE IN THE MOVIE. Sorry, Joanne Harris, but I liked it the way you or whoever wrote the screenplay.... However, Harris did create Vianne. Harris is a very readable, captivating author.... So imagine my surprise tonight. My Sweetie tells me that This adored movie is available for free on Amazon Prime streaming video.... Yay! I love that! I don't always have it handy enough... Nothing like putting it on to inspire me to clean...to stir up hot cocoa with a dash of cayenne... Or to be more outgoing and my own person....    (-----------update: on second reading, I Love! The book...  Still prefer the plot/characters in Juliette's movie, but really click with the author's style and caliber of writing...----)

Then, what did I see...news in fact? What? Joanne Harris has THREE books with my Vianne as the main character. .????? All available on Kindle... With me sitting here wishing WISHING W.I.S.H.I.N.G.... FOR something captivating to replace the little ache I feel for missing school.....

So here I go... A re-reading of the original... Then book two... A Girl with No Shadow....


And finally, Peaches for Monsieur Le CurÄ—.....




I'll follow that with the movie, of course... If I can wait that long......

I can't. I know I won't.

I'll be back when I come up for air!!! au revoir.....
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6 comments:

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hi Gayla! I am your latest 'fan':) For the last several days I have gone through your Entire blog! Yep, all the way back to the beginning! I happened onto your blog after doing a google search of Paris, Mo and I was hooked! We have many things in common and it was just so fun reading through your entries to see what else I might find. We both love Beth Moore and day trips through the Missouri country side. We have the same dishes, Folk Art Pfaltzgraff. I love the movie Chocolat, too, but not as obsessive as you:) I originally watched it to see Johnny, but fell in love with the whole thing. I have been to your town once and was so sad when I heard about the fire on the news, so of course I read about that in your blog. I am very sorry about the loss of your dad. I wish we were neighbors. I like to think of you as my Missouri neighbor. Have a wonderful day! Twyla

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

How delightful! To be immersed in something! To have something totally capture your mind and your heart and your inner being! I love it!

I've fallen in love with certain films, ever since being a kid. I can still remember bits of some of them... I can remember how hard it was, to be a kid, living in a little town, and the only movie theater was in another little town. So I couldn't go by myself, repeatedly. -sigh-

But I rectified that, when I grew up, and again fell in love with a film(s). Oh yes. ,-)

Tessa~

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

And thank you for the book recommendations!!! Always love to get them!

Tessa~

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

Annnnnnnd..... lol... Will I ever stop leaving comments???

I love, love, love Juliette Binoche! Have seen nearly all the films she has made. :-) And so look forward, to new ones of hers.

Tessa~

bj said...

Well, sweet, obsessed lady, you may not even believe this (as much as I adore JOHNNY DEPP) but I've not seen this movie.
O, I am going tomorrow to rent it...or at least TRY to rent it.
xoox

Jann Olson said...

I loved that movie also! But, must confess; I have only seen it once. Just told hubby that I would like to watch it again. He will find it for me and I will go sit in the theater room and enjoy! Thanks for reminding me how cute it was. Who knew there were other reads? Thanks for sharing your love for Chocolait with SYC.
hugs,
Jann