1999-01-15 00:00:00 - Re: Ponnette - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Just adding a second recommendation - this is a wonderful film. Blockbuster has it... Elizabeth Chambers ThreeE@aol.com Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn't make me Madonna. Never will. Joan Cusack - Working Girl
1999-01-15 00:00:00 - Ponnette - (email@example.com)
You'll pardon me, but I am in a contemplative mood. This is also off topic and worthwhile. Yet in some ways it is not entirely off topic for it touches upon a subject matter we have been discussing and debating since before the start of Season Three: Children who have been victimized by circumstances, and as is Roy, are also French-speaking. At midnight yesterday, I tuned into cable's Cinemax channel and came upon a gem of a 1996 subtitled French movie, no, film, called Ponnette. Ponnette is the name of the film's lead: a four year old moppet who had just lost her mother in an automobile accident. The actress who portrays Ponnette is a phenomenal, heart stealer who will grip you at first sight as she did me, who was only channel cruising when I came upon her sweet, sad face. In mourning over her mother's death, Ponnette refuses to believe that her mommy is gone forever, and plaintively waits for her to come back. In a field, she looks for signs of her return, longing to hear her voice once again so she can put her arms around her mother, to kiss her, tell that she loves her -- to no avail. The adults are sympathetic, but try to discourage her. Her father, also grieving and angry at losing his wife, is harsh with Ponnette when she runs aways from him after he tries to bring her inside the house. He tells Ponnette that her mother is dead; she will not come back; there is no God; stop acting crazy. But Ponnette will not give up. In a camp school, she is introduced to a Jewish girl of around six who calls herself a "child of God," who claims she has magical powers and direct line to God. The new friend, as her female cousin, have the most convoluted <g> yet wise take on religion. The Jewish girl puts Ponnette through "trials" so she too will have powers and be a Child of God and be able to communicate with Him, and through Him, her mother. Their scenes are both funny and touching. The film is of mostly children, and all excellent and charming actors. The way they communicate,.behave, kiss, touch one another -- the things they say, are so natural and so French and wonderful to experience... As with most non-Hollywood films, Ponnette was unforced in its progression; natural. So much so, that watching the story evolve seemed almost an intrusion. The children are scene and heart stealers, particularly Ponnette, who as her younger male cousin said when consoling her after a mean boy tells her that her mommy died because she was bad, is "nutty but nice." So is the film -- so if you can, make sure to watch Ponnette in Cinemax, or rent. G > Ponnette's end will bring a smile to your jaded soul as well as make the tears flow. . . "Michael, on your hair extensions, would you prefer synthetic or Yak?"