In life, I’m not a back row kind of person. Quite the opposite – a few examples to share: in university, I sat in the front row of the lecture hall so that I wouldn’t be distracted while taking notes. When I run with a group, I like to be at the front of the pack. I hate standing in line, and I dislike being slowed/feeling boxed in by traffic in front of me on the road. Wherever I am and whatever I am doing, I seem to like a clear path ahead of me.
For New Experience #4 of the 1970 Kiki Project, I decided to go see the movie Kings of Pastry last night, which was playing at the Princess Cinema this past weekend. B willingly agreed to come along – so nice! This movie interested me because of my new-found interest in cake decorating, and because of my love of documentaries and of the show Top Chef.
What a movie to use for this challenge! The movie follows three participants in their quest to win a coveted French award in a three day pastry competition, in France. There are subtitles because part of the movie is in French. OK! Reading subtitles from the back row! See, I couldn’t make the challenge “watch a movie from the front row,” because I’ve done that already: wayyyy back when “Dances With Wolves” first came out and was in theatres, I saw THAT movie from the front row (actually, I saw it at The Princess! I just remembered that!). DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG THAT MOVIE IS???!!! Yea – I clearly remember having a very stiff neck at the end.
The Princess is in our neighbourhood – just a seven minute walk away. A little excitement in the ‘hood:
To my complete surprise, this was the scene in the lobby when we arrived:
I heard a lot of spoken french around us! [Sidenote: my university undergrad degree is in French studies; while I haven't spoken the language in more than ten years, I was suprised by how much I easily understood in the movie].
The Princess is so cute; we waited in line to purchase our tickets:
Ticket-selling buddy was also the popcorn-scooping guy.
Due to all the people in line ahead of us, I was worried that the back row would be all taken!
Needn’t have worried:
The FUN thing about being in the back row (note: no one else sat down in the back row at all for the entire movie) is that no one can see your shenanigans. Now I know why the back row is so fun for the high school kids.
The movie itself was delightful. It was a lot like watching Top Chef, given the pastry challenges the chefs had to complete. Documentaries are my favourite movie type – there, I’ve officially decided. Hearing the French language – from France, NOT the brutalized *French* from the Canadian province of Quebec – was music to my ears. Such a beautiful language. You should have seen some of the catastrophic smash-ups of dropped masterpieces! The audience literally gasped in horror. And I was surprised by the candidate who ended up winning the competition! It was not the guy I predicted. All in all, a cute film and a good time.
We exited The Princess to this scene:
It was a snowy walk home!
Today is a holiday in Ontario – it’s Family Day. This is a
completely made-up holiday, created instituted by the provincial government a few years ago (2008, to be exact). So silly! But who am I to turn up my nose at a day off…still, I can’t help but think, is it any different than implementing a National Maple Syrup Day?!!! or a Celebrate the Moose Festival-Day?!!! Mama mia.
Oh – I do not wish to watch another movie from the back row. Thank you.