Last night I went and saw Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise). I am a big fan of French cinema, yet I had never seen this classic film before. The film was over three hours in length.
The movie centers around Garance, a woman who is loved by four different men. Frederick, Lacenaire, Baptiste, and Count Eduard of Monteray. Garance only truly loves one of the men, Baptiste, the mime. Baptiste is tragically beautiful in not only the way that he looks, but as well as in the way that he moves and behaves.
The movie's ending tears at your heart. I left the theater with dampened red eyes, and a woman who was walking behind me was sobbing.
Les Enfants du Paradis is a masterpiece for the heart and soul.
An interesting thing to note is that this movie was filmed during the Nazi occupation of France.
This post was originally published on March 22, 2011.