I barely know what an amuse bouche* is, but every time they hand me one, I’m deLIGHTed – and frustrated, too. Nice, to get a little taste treat but little is the operative word. I think they could do some re-branding. Call it a … (hold on. I need to trot over to Google translate) – call it a décevoir bouche. Hm.
At any rate, that might be what I’m offering here, hours before the Oscars begin. At midnight, right after ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ screened, the stars of the film appeared to sing a few songs. (Bluegrass music is a big part of the story). It was a sweet little treat. Johan Heldenbergh, who played the male lead and wrote the play the film was based on, only learned to play an instrument at 40, and – as fun facts you don’t really need to know go, it’s wonderful.
Behind the glossy glamour of the movie biz are people who mostly care about creating stories from the world’s messy material. I love that about film and filmmakers and actors. Veerle Baetens’ acting chops put her in the same league as some of our best actresses and she’s warm and unpretentious (in a merry fairy kind of way).
As an aside, I saw The Great Beauty (La grade bellezza), also nominated for Best Foreign Language film. Gorgeous, completely captivating. It was … film champagne. Someone who needs their narratives to follow Hollywood formula might think it’s artsy, but it’s not.
* ‘amusement for the mouth’ – the teensiest appetizer you’ll ever get, but considered a delicacy.