Is there anything quite as charming as a day spent at the seaside?
Well, yes, as it turns out there is: an evening at the seaside.
I like going to the pictures on my own.
I like sitting quietly in tea shops.
And I like Le Fabulex Destin d’Amélie Poulain.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough be able to combine all three.
Nestled safely into a large armchair, down in the basement of Nottingham’s Lee Rosy’s Teashop, equipped with a pot of Assam tea and a slice of lemon meringue pie, I waited patiently for a somewhat amateur, but charming, screening to begin. I love the film Amélie, in my teens I watched it daily; repeated viewings have never tarnished its warmth or humanity. The soundtrack was playing in the background and the crisp sound of Yann Tiersen’s piano was replaced by a crackling drawl, a beautiful yet faintly haunting sound that captured my attention instantly. Despite my devotion to Amélie, I must confess I have never listened to the soundtrack in full, so it was the first time I had heard Al Bowlly’s song ‘Guilty’. During the film I realised it is played in the background during a scene in the Café des Deux Moulins but I had never noticed it before. This time however, I could not get his voice out of my mind. Continue reading