Amelie. . . such a quirky, sweet French film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Audrey Tautou as the film's heroine. I hate to admit that the first time I watched this movie, I didn't really pay much attention to it therefore didn't care much for it. I know, what a dope! But that was many years ago! Here lately, I have fallen deeply in love with music by Yann Tiersen, the composer who created the soundtrack for this film. Well, needless to say, I broke down and bought the movie. . . and I am so glad that I did. I LOVE it! Truly one of my most favorite films of all time. As I watched it over and over, there was one line in the film that really stuck out to me. It was a line from the narrator. . . [gently a piano plays "Comptine d'Un Autre Été"] . . . and he says, ". . . she cultivates a taste for small pleasures. . . " as Amelie slowly glides her hand into a barrel of grain. I had to think about this. What "small pleasures" make up the little hints of sunshine in my day? Your day?
~ I like feeling the coolness of the sheets when I slip my hands under my pillow.
~ I eat the toppings off of pizzas and then the bread. Same with sushi. I eat the insides then the nori and rice.
~ I enjoy watching rings form on the waters surface.
~ I love hearing the laughter of a child. . . especially if that child is my own.
~ I like to sing while I drive.
Well these are just a few of them anyways. I truly believe that if we could simply slow down a little each day, just enough to "smell the roses," we could enhance the quality of our life just a bit more. I don't know about you, but I too want to "cultivate a taste for small pleasures" and maybe then, I could smile just a wee bit more. I hear smiling is good for the face. ;o)
Now for those of you who have never even heard of the movie Amelie, here is a taste for you. Yes, it is a foreign film. There are no subtitles in this trailer, but who cares. Just look at the wonderful imagery! Definitely a film worth watching!