Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Cure for the Blues
I must share with you a little secret...sometimes (more often than I like to admit), life just seems to be a bit too much (and not in the good way). But, I actually have a rather unusual way to counteract the effects of that fairly-common malady commonly called "The Blues". If I am able, I watch a very sweet movie called "Les Vacances de M. Hulot's" or in English "Mr. Hulot's Holiday". It never fails to cheer me up and if you have never seen it, I suggest you do so the next time you feel the need for a little pick-me-up. It is the story of the dearest, most eccentric man called Monsieur Hulot (you will fall in love with him right away), who is on vacation in a tiny sea-side town in the south of France. It is funny and sweet and you will feel as if you have been on a vacation yourself.
Ironically, Jacques Tati, who wrote and starred in this (and other classic gems, such as "Mon Oncle", another bit of cinematic sunshine) died a very sad man.
Monsieur Tati, if you can hear me wherever you are, please know how much pleasure you have brought to people and please know that the funny little song that is played over and over again in this movie is one that I hear in my head when I feel the need to escape. Thank you so much, Monsieur. Your genius made our lives so much richer.