TV Times

Mother, child and a bookseller

French film ‘La petite chartreuse’-‘The Girl from the Chartreuse’ directed by Jean-Pierre Denis will be screened at 3 pm on March 2 and at 6.30 pm no March 3 at the Alliance Francaise, Barnes Place, Colombo 7.

The film made in 2004 revolves around a bookseller owner with a fabulous memory who leads a rather solitary existence until the day he accidentally run over an eight-year-old girl.

The film star Olivier Gourmet, Marie-Josée Croze and Bertille Noël-Bruneau in the stellar cast. Eight-year-old Eva and her mother have a very positive child-to-child-relation. The mother is incapable of mature behaviour when problems arise. When the mother forgets to fetch Eva at school in her car, Eva does not know the way home. Panicking and crying she just runs and is overrun by a car. The driver is obviously innocent. He is a second-hand bookseller (Etienne) and a mountain climber and has a phenomenal memory.

The hospital cannot tell whether Eva will ever wake up from her coma, or will speak or move. But it is important that she is much spoken to while she is in coma. The bookseller takes upon himself the task the mother cannot do. He visits the child for hours every day and tells her Jack London’s snow stories, which he knows by heart. Eventually Eva wakes up.

She is still mute and will go only if Etienne holds her hands and actively walks her. She is bored by all kinds of child play but fascinated by the snowy mountains that can be seen from the hospital. Suddenly Eva deteriorates seriously and might die. Desperately, Etienne takes her on mountain climbing in snowstorm.

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