Conversations with my Gardener
Going to a media screening at the Rialto is always a treat, you know that for a change you’re going to see a movie whose characters and storyline drive the experience and not the special effects budget. Conversations With My Gardener is no different.
A successful Parisian artist secedes to take time out from his hectic lifestyle and a marriage that is on the rocks by retreating to the home of his childhood. With his parents having died a few years ago, there is much work to do but he has little energy to do it. So the artist advertises for a gardener.
The gardener who takes the job turns out to be an old school buddy – back in the day they were best mates, but things didn’t work out when they got expelled at that was the last they saw of each other.
There lives took radically different paths, the artist finding success and experiences, the gardener finding contentment in the simple things of life.
A relationship quickly blooms and they refer to each other as The Painter and The Gardener. Through the Gardener the Painter is able to re-focus and discover a new side to life, to get back to his roots and be able to relax and enjoy the simple things in life. In doing so he is also able to rekindle his love for art and begins to really paint again.
As for the Gardner, he is still able to enjoy the simple things in life, but through watching the Painter paint not what is in front of him, but the beauty that he sees, the Gardener begins to look at everything with renewed interest, and is able to see beauty in everything he sees.
It’s the simple approach to life that gives the movie it’s charm, and the rural French location gives the movie it’s beauty, but the real enjoyment comes through watching these tow old friends rediscover there long lost friendship and discover what it means to truly be alive.
Food for thought
How often do you take the time to enjoy the simple, time wasting things in life?
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: Rating: M – Drug Use and Offensive Language.
Duration: 109 mins.
Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Fanny Cottençon, Alexia Barlier.
Director: Jean Becker.
Release Date: 18 October 2007.