CRAZY CARNIVAL SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE in Europe, marking the beginning of Lent. I didn't quite find the time to join in on the festivities but I had the chance to experience the carousal both in Barcelona, with carnestoltes, and in Milan, with carnevale, filling the streets with full-costumed kiddies making noise and making laden the air and ground with truckloads of confetti.
Back in our home-empty-home in Barcelona, I take a deep breath from what feels like my life's own personal carnival season, a whirlwind affair with fashion in Milan, made possible and incredible by I-D Magazine and Alberto Guardiani.
For now, a Lenten watch, from -wow- this was 12 years ago! Lasse Hallström's Chocolat revolves around radical Vianne's defiance of Lenten tradition with a single-minded pursuit to spread kindness and happiness via chocolate concoctions. Featuring a pre-Jack-Sparrow Johnny Depp and a post-Trinity Carrie-Anne Moss, the film brings back memories of the milennium year while bringing back values that transcend season, tradition or religion: sincerity, generosity and unconditional kindness.
Whether or not to abstain, a good heart observes goodness all year long.
Chocolat, 2000. Directed by Lasse Hallström.