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The Secret Cake

Adjani Gama Dessavre

I recently wrote an article about two movies I love and promised to write an article per movie with more details (follow this link if you don’t know what I am talking about: A Little Cake of a Secret Bakery). I’ve already written about A Little Princess (follow this link if you haven’t read it: A Little Princess Cake), so now it is time to talk about The Secret Garden.

The Secret Garden, directed by Agnieszka Holland and with Francis Ford Coppola as executive-producer, has gorgeous scenes of English gardens that contrast with long sad rains and grey halls. The whole ambience of the movie is fantastic; it is a play of contrasts that can be appreciated in the visuals, the music, and the main character’s feelings. It is a beautiful story.

As I mentioned in the past article, it was included in the British Film Institute’s list of 50 films you should watch before the age of 14. Also, it has wonderful actors like Maggie Smith who, because of this film, was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. I mean, we all already know how wonderful Maggie Smith is.

This movie tells the story of Mary, a little girl that lives in British India but has to move to his uncle’s mansion in England because of the death of her parents in an earthquake. Living in a mansion sound wonderful, right? However, this is a dark and lonely mansion. Her uncle does not put much attention to her as he is grieving the loss of his wife.

While playing in the gardens, Mary discovers one that is closed. She soon finds out it belonged to her deceased aunt and finds a way to enter. The girl starts discovering secrets and makes two friends with whom she shares her magical and secret garden.

This story shares a similar sense of magic with A Little Princess, but it has a big difference: our protagonist does not start feeling full of hope and believing in the good of the world. No, Mary is described as a bitter girl: she did not even cry when her parents died. At the age of ten, she does not know how to dress herself because, in India, her ayah made that for her. She is spoiled in so many ways, but she is also lonely, really lonely. Even when her parents were alive, they completely ignored her. She does not laugh nor cry. This story takes us through her inner growth that takes her to realise that she deserves to be loved.

As in the case of A Little Princess, The Secret Garden is a profound story. It talks about self-acceptance and kindness. It shows us that we should live and appreciate what is in front of us. Magic is all around us just as love is, but we need to open our eyes and love ourselves to be able to see this. We can break our mental barriers and be better. We all have a beautiful, magical secret garden within ourselves, and we possess the key to open it and share its wonders.

So here is another recommendation from me to you! If you need to lift your spirit, if you’re having a hard time, watch this beautiful film! Don’t forget to share our thoughts about this movie! 🙂

Have you watched The Secret Garden? Give us a slice of your opinion in the comment section below! The bakers at The Cake | us vs reality are always thrilled to read you!

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