Our most cinephilic francophiles head to the 2015 Melbourne French Film Festival. These are their reviews.
On March 22, our Editor-at-large Gemma took her nine-year-old sister Anna to see Xavier Picard’s 2015 cartoon Moomins on the Riviera (Les Moomins sur la Riviera), adapted from the Moomins series (Tove Jansson, Finland), Anna’s favourite books. Here are some of Anna’s thoughts on the film.
G: What was your favourite thing about the Moomins movie?
A: Um, that they were really cute and they were funny and didn’t know anything about the real world.
G: Was it weird to hear the Moomins speaking French?
A: Not really! It was cute.
G: Did the subtitles bother you?
A: No, ’cause I felt like I was understanding it and I didn’t notice that I was reading it, so it didn’t bother me at all.
G: Who was your favourite character and why?
A: Little My, because she was funny.
G: How did you feel when the Moomins went home to Moominvalley?
A: Happy, because Moominvalley is a lot prettier than the Riviera.
G: Do you think other kids should go and see this movie?
A: Yes. Except if they can’t read, then they’d have to see it in English.
G: What did you wear to the movie?
A: A top with Snorkmaiden and Moomintroll on it.
G: If you had to pick one word to describe Moomins on the Riviera, what would it be?
A: (Thinks for about a minute)… clueless.
By Anna and Gemma King.