The sublime glass and metal pyramid that was designed by the Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, actually serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum, the biggest museum in the world. It is visited by about a dozen millions of visitors annually who come to see the grand objets d’art and chefs-d’œuvre including the ever popular painting of the enigmatic smile of Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Jaconde” known in the English-speaking world as “The Mona Lisa”.
The title “Life is a Long Quiet River” is the English translation of “La Vie Est Une Long Fleuve Tranquille,” which is a satirical French comedy film first shown in 1988.
It’s one of the very few films that I’d never get tired watching over and over. It was also the time when I became fully aware of the powerful synergy of a thinly coated sarcasm of French humour and wit in a movie with penetrating look into the most troubling social issues of our time.
Only 20-minute drive from where I lived in the northern suburb of Paris, I used to sit for hours and hours in one of the old cafés of a little town with some of its popular patisserie. My favorite seat was the one right at the edge at the right bank of the immense river, where I counted the barges chugging up and down.