Monday, January 5, 2009

.a taste for small pleasures.

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!


  1. I've been wanting to see this, but still haven't gotten around to it. Just watched the 1st ten minutes on YouTube, and omg, I absolutely adored them. (I was prepared to watch the whole thing, but part 2 is missing! Grrrrr! Haha.) Amelie, Priscilla Ahn, Butterfly Boucher ... I'm always discovering wonderful things thanks to you. :)

  2. Aww...Glad to see someone else appreciates my kinda music! If you should ever get a chance to interview Priscilla and Butterfly YOU LET ME KNOW!! Ha! Hope you get to see the rest of the movie. I know you're gonna love it!

  3. I loved that movie. Small pleasures are the best! I also like the songs on your blog! Great choice!


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