One of my all time favourite movies is A Little Princess (1995). A Little Princess is set during WWI and tells the story of Sara Crew, a British girl who lives in India with her father. Sara is sent to a boarding school in New York when her father enlists in the British army. The headmistress of the boarding school, Miss Minchin, attempts to correct Sara's wild ways but, since Sara's father is rich, Miss Minchin is forced to indulge her. In a twist of fate Sara is told that her father has died in the war and that she must now work as a servant to pay off the debts her father owes to the boarding school. Despite being penniless and alone in the world, Sara befriends the other servant girl, Becky, and together they try to make the most of their situation.
Despite the heart-warming story, the thing I loved most about this movie was how it weaved Indian mythology into the story. Elements of the story of Rama, Sita and Ravana are placed throughout the movie. Sita's prison, which is green ivy, is reflected in the green boarding house and the green uniforms the girls wear. The death and revival of Rama is shown through the near death and recovery of Sara's father. Even the circle that Rama used to protect Sita is in there. When Sara is afraid she draws a circle around herself to make herself feel safe.
A Little Princess is a classic movie (for me, anyway) and I'd recommend that if you like fairy-tales with a bit of a twist, then this is for you. If you don't like "girlie" stories then maybe give this one a miss. All I can say is that you'll be missing out on a great movie.
Anjulie Te Pohe
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