Adjani Gama Dessavre
I recently wrote an article about two of my favourite movies that have a similar sense of magic (follow this link if you have not read it: A Little Cake of a Secret Bakery). I promised to write an article for each of them with more details, so here I go! Let’s talk about the fantastic movie A Little Princess.
This film is full of beautiful movie shots, magical design, perfect music, and great characters. So, who made this movie that I find so enthralling? It was directed by Alfonso Cuarón and, as expected, the cinematography was in charge of Emmanuel Lubezki. Needless to say, a work from this dynamic duo cannot disappoint. As in the case Paddington 2 (directed by Paul King), this movie is a beautiful example that something thought for children doesn’t have to be plain or just silly: it can be a piece of art. If you do not know what I am talking about, here is a beautiful article about Paddington 2.
This movie is about Sara Crew, a ten year-old girl that lives in British India with her father. However, because his father is going to fight with the British Army in WWI, she sends her to a boarding school in New York. Sara loves to tell stories, she loves magic, and she believes every girl is a princess because her father has told her so: she is his little princess. However, everything in the boarding school is strange (so many rules); everything seems slightly grey. Nevertheless, she makes friends and finds magic there as well. Also, she finds comfort in the fact that her mother studied there too (she died when Sara was a baby).
Not everything will be easy, for the story will turn more intense and dark, and we will wonder if our protagonist will find hope and strength and the magic within herself again. I won’t say much more about the plot so that if you have not watched it, you can enjoy the surprises of the story.
I talked about the plot, but what is this story really about? This story is intense as it talks about different subjects like racism, classism, dealing with loss and death; and all of this coming from a little girl. For example, there is a dark-skinned orphan girl that works cleaning the boarding school and sleeps in the old and cold attic of the school. It is either that or living on the streets. Her lack of money and skin colour does not give her any more opportunities. Girls do not talk to her because she is different; however, Sara sees beyond the skin colour or social class of a persona and gifts her a pair of shoes.
This story shows us that we should be kinder to everyone (including ourselves), no matter what. Moreover, it tells us that we should not stop believing in ourselves. Furthermore, through Sara’s ability for storytelling, it also shows us the power of stories. There is a special magic in fantasy (and stories in general) to give us strength in hard moments, to give us answers to stressful situations. It is a lovely story, and it was one of my favourite movies when I was a child; in fact, it still is one of my favourite movies of all times. Also, within the power of stories is the power of imagination, or better said, the magic of imagination. For, within ourselves, we can find beauty and magic.
So if you need a bit of cheering up, and if you’ve had a hard time finding hope in the world lately or for a while now, I recommend you watch this film.
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