C est pour (partie une): Claude Chabrol, cérémonie et chocolat
What a mouthful. Where to start?
If it's about the nouvelle vague then Chabrol. If you're hard-core about your devotion to French New Wave cinema, then you know that Paris-born director Claude Chabrol's film Le beau Serge (1958) is credited with starting the movement. I was totally unaware of that before today. My introduction to Chabrol came earlier this year with a "must-see" recommendation of his 2006 film Merci pour la chocolat. A few weeks ago I saw a film he directed more than 10 years ago: La Ceremonie.
I would describe both films as well as the main characters as enigmatic and distant. For both films it took me a moment to begin understanding who's who and to start unraveling the story and the relationships. Both stories take place within the setting of a family. Yet, I couldn't warm up to the stories, get into them emotionally. I really felt like an observer all the time- held back by an invisible hand. This might have been Chabrol's intention, to hold me back, keep me as a witness or an onlooker.
la cérémonie noun, feminine
a) ceremony; tenue de cérémonie formal dress; (military) dress uniform
b) ceremony, formality; (informal) faire des cérémonies to make a fuss;
sans cérémonie informal reception; to do unceremoniously;
avec cérémonie to do ceremoniously
b) chocolat chaud hot chocolate, drinking chocolate
looking it up in English yields more results for chocolate:
some chocolate du chocolat / des chocolats (plural)
chocolate cake/sauce gâteau/sauce au chocolat
a chocolate Easter egg un oeuf de Pâques en chocolat
white/dark chocolate chocolat blanc/noir
milk chocolate chocolat au lait
chocolate powder chocolat en poudre
chocolate brown, chocolate-coloured chocolat
-from the online French dictionary compiled by Neil Coffey
Claude Chabrol 24 Juin 1930 - 12 Septembre 2010
La Cérémonie, 1995
The movie is based on the English book A Judgement in Stone by Ruth Rendell
Merci pour la chocolat, 2006
The movie is an adaptation of the American novel The Chocolate Cobweb by Charlotte Armstrong
La photo: On the grounds of the Di Rosa Art Preserve in Napa Valley, California. Juillet 2010.