- Recommended from 10 years
ONCE UPON A TIME
In the green plains of an Austrian countryside still carefree of the conflicts which are about to strike the world, a young woman sings, all alone, facing the mountains. Suddenly, it stops. In the distance, the convent bells remind her that she is late for the service. While preparing to become a nun, Maria was thus advised to leave the abbey for a time and return to the service of Captain Von Trapp for a few months. When she arrives, she discovers a widowed and embittered man, leading a dismal existence in his big house, in the middle of his 7 children whom he leads with his wand, and whose laughter eventually died out. To overcome the silence of the Von Trapp house and gain the affection of the rascals whom she must deal with, to sow happiness again where mourning and sadness now proliferate, Maria decides to use her best asset: music.
WHAT THEY WILL LOVE
Multi-awarded, winner of 5 Oscars out of 10 nominations and considered one of the great classics of the musical, La Mélodie du bonheur is above all extremely fun and entertaining. Let your children be reassured if they think we are going to show them an old boring and dusty film: the feature film by Robert Wise is not one of those antiques that we watch only because we have to have seen them. On the contrary, it is a real romantic fresco, with twists and turns, sprinkled with adventure and suspense, and above all punctuated by one of the most effective and enjoyable soundtracks of all time, let’s not have afraid to say it. This masterpiece that the Americans call Sound of music wears its French title wonderfully well. Because basically, if there is one thing that La Mélodie du Bonheur transmits to us, it is the recipe that makes you smile when you sing.
WHAT CAN WORRY ABOUT
Maybe the length of the film (2h54). We also advise you to divide it into several evenings if your children start to lack attention. Nothing could be easier, since The melody of happiness includes an intermission at 1 hour and 42 minutes. This may also allow you to reserve the second part for older children. Even if it is not likely to frighten anyone, it is undoubtedly a little more serious, and swaps the happy receptions of the beginning for hectic sequences of escape, when the Second World War occurs. A context which adds to the film of Robert Wise a more historical dimension, without taking anything away from optimism.
WHAT THEY WILL KEEP AT THE BOTTOM OF EYES
The wonderful songs of Maria, composed by Richard Rodgers and beautifully performed by the legendary Julie Andrews (which your children may already know from having heard her sing in Mary Poppins). The radiant and melodious “Do Re Mi” or “My Daily Joys”, entoned by heroin to teach Von Trapp children the basics of music or to reassure them when thunder, sweet and poetic rumbles “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” or “Edelweiss”, performed in particularly romantic sequences, and of course “The Lonely Goathred”, repeated many times but never equaled, which occurs in the middle of the film when the children decide to organize a puppet show for their father. In short, The melody of happiness is a film that will make young and old dream musically, even once its end credits have passed, when the refrains sung by its characters will continue to resonate happily in your memories.
To start humming the music while waiting to watch the film …