The Little Match Girl (La Petite marchande d'allumettes) Reviews
Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl, was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. For you who doesn't know what The Little Match Girl, is about I can tell you it's basically about a little girl, barefoot and dressed in rags, who is trying to sell match-sticks on Christmas Eve. She cannot go home until she has sold all the macth-sticks because her father would beat her.
Like most of H.C. Andersen's tales, this one has a very tragic ending, and overall is a very depressing story.
Jean Renoir put a much more cheerful tone on his adaptation. The portrayal of the girl, especially, discturbed me at first (it felt like watching a movie with a blonde Snow White!). But like the master of cinema and true artist Jean Renoir was, he turnes this into his own piece. Some of the tragic essence is lost and replaced by hope and dreams, even though it ends just as tragic as H.C. Andersen's tale.
The dream/hallucination scenes were absolutely brilliant, and ironically I all the time expected it to fail there.
This movie a strong impact on me, and I was delighted and suprised that Renoir's progressive style worked on this classic fairy tale. It really moved me.