Beautiful Green (La Belle Verte)


Let’s try to put ourselves  in the shoes of some potential inhabitants of another planet, more advanced than ours and where food and water are really basic rights and you don’t need money to access them a planet where people communicate and share everything, a planet based on trading necessary goods and, above all, based on love, compassion and desire to help each other.
Let’s try to put ourselves in the shoes of these “aliens” that decide to visit Earth to check our evolution (intended here as evolution of consciousness): what would they think?

This beautiful 1996 film by Coline Serreau, the Beautiful Green (La Belle Verte), is based on this assumption and offers the opportunity to reflect about how human beings forgot how to LIVE and now just survive, closing their hearts and minds and having, in a way, blocked their evolution of consciousness.

The story is the following: on an unknown planet – author Salvatore Brizzi believes it’s Venus – inhabitants gather together for the annual planetary meeting, where they discuss what they need (from food to wool, from medicines to professors for schools, etc) and who will go to visit other planets in order to check their evolution. Nobody wants to go to on Earth: terrestrials  are too behind and are not open to learn and share. Mila (Coline Serreau), who’s mother was terrestrial, volunteers so she can visit her mom’s birthplace. Since in the last two hundred  years nobody has been on Earth, they don’t know if or how much terrestrials evolved since then, and Mila ends up in Paris wearing a dress from the Napoleonic Era and with a “disconnectedness software” that will allow her to “shake” humans, make them honest, help them reconnect with nature and accelerate their evolution (which will help her to communicate with them in a constructive way). After a difficult beginning, when Mila finds out she can’t eat or drink our food and water and she comes across a “dead bodies display” (a butcher’s shop), she ends up in a hospital where she can recharge herself using the “newborn babies reloading software”, which allows her to get the energy she needs by holding a baby (and allow him to receive energy and healing too). At the hospital Mila meets Max (Vincent Lindon), the head physician, that comes across as an arrogant and cold man but, after being disconnected, opens his heart and reconsider his values. Max gives hospitality to Mila at his home, where at first his wife and kids are suspicious but soon learn to appreciate Mila and what she can teach them.
Other people are swept away by the Mila vortex, and she also helps two sisters (the beautiful Marion Cotillard and Clare Keim) to hide an abandoned baby they want to take care of and, by disconnecting them,  helps many people to get back in touch with their essence and with the earth (a man throws away his shoes and walks barefoot, someone hugs a tree, other let music influence them in a “not orthodox” way). Many things happen and Mila changes many lives.
Why is it so hard to appreciate what we have? Nature, life, the people we love and love us, nothing is ever enough and, blinded by our obsessive search for transitory fulfilments, we let the life go by without really living it or appreciating what we have.
We close our eyes and heart because we are afraid, and we wear masks to be liked by people because we don’t like ourselves and can’t love, like Max’s wife who, explains, uses the lipstick to look nice and be liked by everybody, and is knocked down when Mila comments, ‘I see, it’s a medicine to be loved by people. If you don’t wear it, nobody loves you.’
We often run away from who, like a mirror – and everyone is our mirror – reflects our fears and what we don’t accept of ourselves, like all those who meet Mila and, before being disconnected, are suspicious and rude.

The film is very deep but also very funny, and behind each smile there is a message to reflect on, like the episode on Jesus in Notre Dame de Paris:
‘He (Mila comments when seeing Jesus’s statue) is one of us! Yes, he’s the child we sent here 2,ooo years ago and they crucified!’
‘Tell me, do you know him?’, asks Mila to a kid that sells her his sandwich for three pieces of gold.
‘Of course, he’s Jesus!’
‘Oh, so you know him! And do you know why they put him there?’
‘When he’s born, it’s Christmas. I received a gun and a big car last Christmas.’
‘Well but, a crucified man equal to a gun and a car, it’s madness.’

The “beautiful green” could be the future of our wonderful planet,  that we are now mistreating, when we’ll be detoxified in the mind, body and soul, when we’ll be ready – from our heart – to collaborate for the common good rather than fighting for individual goals, and when we’ll be free from our heavy psychological and emotional baggage that we keep carrying with us so that, all that’s left will be our ESSENCE and what makes us, in the true meaning of the word, HUMAN beings.