FILM – Mirette – Very light-hearted, open and spontaneous film about a little girl with a big dream

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What did you want to become when you were younger? A firefighter? Doctor? Journalist? Well, if you would ask that same question to Mirette, she would say a high-wire walker. It’s all about that little girl in Mirette, the new Helen O’Hanlon film that’s based on the book Mirette on the High Wire, written by Emily Arnold McCully. Just like the book, the movie tells a very open, funny and spontaneous story. With wonderful performances, Mirette is a movie you need to put on your “movies to-watch” list.

With wonderful performances, Mirette is a movie you need to put on your “movies to-watch” list.

Mirette (wonderfully performed by Dixie Egerickx) lives and works alongside her grandmother Mémé Gâteau (the as-ever brilliant Miriam Margolyes), who runs a boarding house in France where most of the time you can find circus artists performing. Such as showgirls, clowns and fortune tellers. A very vibrant and funny atmosphere is filling the house every night. One night a mysterious visitor named Bellini (Jean-Marc Desmond) arrives. The day after his arrival, Mirette discovers him walking on the washing lines that he uses as a tightrope. Mirette is so intrigued by him and his act, that she’s determined to learn to walk as well. Learn a new skill comes with pain, overcoming that and continuing until you succeed. That’s exactly what Mirette does. She never gives up hope and soon she manages one singular crossing. Bellini, who was sceptical about all of this at the beginning, agrees on helping her becoming even better. A unique and loyal friendship is happening until Mirette discovers a secret from Bellini’s past.

Mirette Trailer from Helen O’Hanlon on Vimeo.

You haven’t seen the first shot of the movie but yet thanks to the music you already know that the film will be a very easy going, lively and playful film. It’s the kind of music that will cheer you up every time you hear it. When it comes with an amazing cinematography, you won’t be able to keep your eyes off the screen for one single second. We came out of the screening with a big smile and we’re sure you will experience the exact same thing. Of course, it’s not only the combination between wonderful music and very colourful cinematography that gives you a happy feeling ; it’s also the on-the-spot acting performance. We’re absolutely sure that we’ll see more from Dixie Egerickx (Genius, The Watcher in the Woods) because she’s superb as the young, naïve girl who’s dreaming big. From the second BAFTA Award winner Miriam Margolyes (Bucket, The Age of Innocence) pops up, the movie lifts up even more. As always she add an amusing and comedy effect to this movie. We don’t know if Jean-Marc Desmond (Boomerang, Rembrandt Bugatti renaissant) can walk the high wire or not. However, he makes it seems very easy in his role as Bennini.

We’re absolutely sure that we’ll see more from Dixie Egerickx (Genius, The Watcher in the Woods) because she’s superb as the young, naïve girl who’s dreaming big.

Do you want to see a movie that will cheer you up in no time? Then go to a screening of Mirette the first chance you get. You will be transported into a new world. Very vibrant, very open and very colourful. Filled with a wonderful soundtrack and great performance, Mirette is the perfect feel good movie.

Mirette is the perfect feel good movie.

Film and Celebrity Reporter Liselotte Vanophem

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