Our Astro cable broke and we spent the past weeks re-watching our favourite movies, which we have many in common. One of my favourite is this French production of Dai Sijie's Balzac and the little seamstress.
The story is told by one of two young men who were sent to a rural
mountain village to be re educated in the 1970's. The seamstress in the
film's title is a girl from the next village with whom the boys plot
to read outlawed books by Balzac and Dumas in a quest to 'educate' her
and to reveal the world beyond the mountains to the young girl.
Ultimately, the boys lose the girl they love to her quest for self
The scenes is beautifully filmed, I am especially fond of the ones
showing man-made structures - a stone footpath obediently following the
ridges of the hills; a mountain shack dwarfed by the backdrop of rocky