You’re probably going to be surprised to hear that Moulin Rouge is one of my favourite films.
All my life love has been the only religion I subscribed to. In societies worldwide, however, love has always been marginalized. Today, people are encouraged to run after money, fame and sex, because none of these things will bring you happiness. Governments, corporations, mainstream media, none of them want us to be happy because they can’t rule and own us unless we’re desperately trying to attain the unattainable goals which they’ve set for us. Me, on the other hand, I will risk anything for love. I want to spread it, nurture it, live it. It is my guide, my mantra, my life.
Moulin Rouge encapsulates the essence of the feeling more than just through the storyline. The sublime combination of visuals and musical numbers opens a heart to touch it in a profound way. Watch this scene (disregard the first 60 seconds or so) to experience the magic.
The movie’s leitmotif – the song Nature boy – has since become my personal prayer.
There was a boy
A very strange, enchanted boy
They say he wandered very far
Very far, over land and sea
A little shy and sad of eye
But very wise was he
And then one day,
One magic day he passed my way
While we spoke of many things
Fools and Kings
This he said to me
The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return
Spreading my love to each and every one of you