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L'âge de Raison

L’âge de Raison.

I just finished watching this wonderful French movie and I just had to share it with you. It a movie written and directed by Yann Samuell, starring Sophie Marceau. Without giving too much of the story away… This movie is about a successful and career-driven woman who sells power plants to the Chinese. With a successful career, and respect of her colleagues, she lives the high life and epitomises success in every way. But on her 40th birthday she receives a bundle of letters, written by her when she was 7 years old, to her 40 year old self, to remind her of the promises she made to herself and also to remind her of what she wanted to become. The movie draws you in with its childlike innocence and reminds you of a time when life was not about advancing your career, buying a bigger house, or driving a bigger car. The movie ends with this advice for life, quoting Picasso ‘Deviens qui tu es’ which translates to ‘become who you are’. While this movie is clearly predictable, the simplicity and nostalgic feel of the movie really tugged at my heartstrings. It made me cry and it made me laugh. It reminded me of the important things in life, as seen through the eyes of a child. I really enjoyed it and I hope you will too.

A note on the movie title. L’âge de Raison translates to The Age of Reason. It is the title of the 1945 novel by Jean Paul Sartre. Coincidentally, the novel was published when Sartre turned 40. In French Catholic culture, the age of 7 or 8 is known a l’âge de raison as the church considers it an age when children can distinguish right from wrong, and can take their first communion.