Adjani Gama Dessavre
We recently wrote about our favourite Disney movies in the first Bakers vs Bakers edition (follow this link if you have not read it: bakers-vs-bakers-best-disney-movie). While searching and trying to pick the one, I went through memory lane and found two treasured movies from my childhood: The Secret Garden (1993), and A Little Princess (1995).
Why do I group these two movies together? Because both are based on books written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, and both have a similar beautiful sense of magic. I will only talk about the film adaptations because I have yet to read the books. Also, I’ll try to concentrate on the aspects where both of them are equally great. Later, I’ll write an article for each movie with more details. I’ll edit this post when they’re ready and leave the links at the end.
These two stories are profound and beautiful, and both films are pieces of art. They have great people working behind like Agnieszka Holland, Francis Ford Coppola, and Maggie Smith in The Secret Garden, or Alfonso Cuarón and Emmanuel Lubezki in A Little Princess. The critics received both of them with an outstanding ovation, and The Secret Garden was included in the list of 50 films you should watch by the age of 14 (by the British Film Institute).
But what makes them so beautiful and great? Both of them have a magical environment, but not in a Harry Potter sense. Instead, they show reality as a place where you can find magic in little details, in magical stories, in the beauty of nature, and overall in the power of believing. To do it, they both use elements from Asian cultures (mainly Indian), and they play with contrasts. Sometimes these contrasts come from a grey scene vs a beautiful flower, or a piece of beautiful music in the background, and much more subtle changes visible in the feelings of the main characters.
Furthermore, both of them tell stories of 10-year-old girls. However, this does not mean we get two childish stories; the subjects that are brought into question are impressivet: how to deal with changes, death, and loss; how to find beauty in a dark place; how to be brave when you are scared; and how to deal with your own emotions. Let’s be honest, these are things that are pretty difficult to understand even for us, adults. Also, they’re full of metaphors about life.
These are two stories about young girls that can beat the odds by being brave and following their hearts. These are stories that remind us that there is still beauty around us and that we have the courage and power to face any problems, even those that come from our internal demons. They remind us that we should never forget to follow our hearts. So, if you have not watched them, go now! And if you have, rewatch them! We need these stories during these uncertain times!
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Featured image taken from Amazon (no, I’m not trying to sell you the movies, the image is nice).