As I mentioned in a previous post, I spent many hours over my winter break making a table runner, which involved hand-sewing yards and yards of gimp. I also repainted the frames on a stack of silhouettes in our growing collection. I’m not good at doing just one task at a time, so I passed the time by watching une rimballe (oon reem-bal), or a ton, of films on Netflix. And because multi-tasking is so much better if you can accomplish three tasks instead of two, I worked on my listening comprehension skills by watching French movies. Here are my thoughts about what I watched:
Marius et Fanny (2013) This is a pair of films based on the plays of beloved Marseille writer Marcel Pagnol directed by Daniel Auteuil, who also plays the role of Marius’ father. Girl and boy fall in love, but boy loves the sea even more. Girl has to deal with the consequences. Definitely worth checking out.
Le Concert (2009) This French film, co-starring Mélanie Laurent, is about a conductor who is fired from the Bolshoi for hiring Jewish musicians during the Cold War era. When fate hands him the chance to play at the Châtelet concert hall in Paris, comedic mayhem is primed to ensue. I liked it enormously until the last five minutes when the saccharine level spiked.
Marie’s Story (2014) was probably my favorite of my ribambelle of films. It tells the story of Marie Heurtin, a girl born deaf and blind in rural France. She would have been a contemporary of Helen Keller. Her parents take her to a convent where she learns how to communicate thanks to the infinite patience and compassion of Sister Marguerite.
Camille Claudel 1915 (2013) The fabulous Juliette Binoche takes on the horrific life of Camille Claudel. After the end of her affair with Auguste Rodin, Claudel’s family has the brilliant female sculptor committed to a mental asylum where she remained until her death. Was she paranoid or the victim of a family who found her embarrassing? It’s not a light-hearted film, so watch it on a sunny day.
All the films were subtitled, but if you can ignore them, I think you’ll find that they’re quite easy to understand with an intermediate level of French. So, sewing or painting, movie watching, French practice, and a blog post. Who says multi-tasking is inefficient? Not me. I got a whole ribambelle of things done.