|Title: The Dandelions (Du Vent dans mes Mollets)|
|Director: Carine Tardieu|
|Actors: Agnès Jaoui, Denis Podalydès, Isabelle Carré|
|Elements: Contemporary life in France|
|Series: Stand alone|
This is a movie of awakening, one that showcases the playfulness of childhood, the romance of two people who have forgotten what love feels like, and the doldrums of old age.
The actresses playing Rachel and Valérie are both adorable, capturing the playful essence of being children who are just only learning about the ways of life. Naive, innocent yet somewhat morose Rachel finds herself being taught what it's like to truly be a child by the intrepid Valérie, with their friendship veering from making fun of their teacher in school to play dates at each others homes.
Interwoven within their lives is the constant presence of their parents--Rachel's parents and Valerie's mother. Rachel's grandmother is a simple running gag that captures Rachel's thoughts about her life and family in general and her growth throughout the movie.
Rachel's parents embody the couple who have forgotten how to be a couple, whose sole focus is on being parents. Valerie's mother is the ever tempting apple to their relationship, whose simple yet seductive presence shakes their relationship, providing a conflict that pours over into Rachel's and Valerie's lives. Their scenes gave a lovely depth to the movie, which kept a humourous, thoughtful tone, never quite reaching down into the negative territory.
The amazing characterisation is supported by some striking visuals. One particular scene stuck out, due to the shockingly hilarious imagery--truly a laugh out loud moment. It's the one scene that made the audience in the theater rumble with laughter. If you've watched it, can you guess which it is?
This film brightened my whole day up, and it's now one of my go to movies for every happy occasion.