As the Advent Season started last Sunday I snuggled myself up on the sofa with a lovely breakie, starting the yearly Advent celebration by lighting the first candle on the Advent wreath and getting into the mood with the best, most lovely, cutest, winterly, christmassy movie ever: Tři oříšky pro Popelku, a wonderful Czech fairy tale from 1973 (literally translated “Three Hazelnuts For Cinderella”, the hazelnuts more likely referring to “wishes” or “gifts”).
As I didn’t grow up in this part of Switzerland, I wasn’t aware that this movie had reached such a cult status over here and that it was a must see movie for every Christmas Season. There are actually calendars being published before the Advent Season, listing every TV channel that will be screening the movie along with the screening schedule. In the German-speaking side of Switzerland and Germany, you can watch the movie at least 30 times in different channels during the holidays (no kidding…!). The movie has enriched my Holiday Season so much in my adult years that I would love to share and pass it along to those who might not know it at all – the English-speaking bloggers out there! Hopefully some day you may have the chance to watch it as well and experience the wonderful soothing happy feeling that it brings across, specially in the winter time.
The trailer above shows a pretty overview of the whole romantic side of the fairy tale – one of the many versions of the Cinderella tale. The thing about this movie though is that it’s not just about romance. The whole movie is packed with gorgeous humour – not the cheesy kind but the real good kind! The script (at least, the one in German is the one I can speak about) is written in a smooth poignant way – just the right amount of words without overdoing it.
Also, this Cinderella here is a very special one. She’s not the helpless little girl who needs to be saved. She sneaks out of the house to do what she loves most – she rides her white horse Nikolaus, shoots better with the cross-bow than any of the other hunters, stands up for the helpless and weak (animals as humans) and surely knows how to climb trees – at this one part of the movie she encounters the prince while she’s up on a really tall tree – he orders her to come down – the script being something like:
“…you come up!”
“…I tell you to come down!”
“…and I tell you to come up.” 😉
There are so many lovely characters in the movie, weird and funny ones, that add up to the whole story. There are so many times you just have to laugh out loud because of its humour, sweetness, surprises. To top it all with a big fancy sugarcoat – the soundtrack is some of the most beautiful music you could wish for as a soundtrack. It is all you’d want to have in a fairy tale without being too childish – I’ve seen it so many times with so many adults who hadn’t seen it before and they all smiled, laughed, giggled. Most adults in Central Europe can’t think of the Advent Season without it anyhow 🙂 ! And I, who only got to know this movie in my early twenties, haven’t spent an Advent Season without it ever since I first saw it by mere coincidence.
I hope you enjoy this ❤
After the stepmother orders Cinderella to separate all the peas from the ashes to punish her, she gets unforseen help from lovely white doves
Cinderella sneaks out while everyone else is busy attending the royalties at the farm
Enjoying the horse ride out in the woods
The first encounter with the prince and his two fellows in the woods. She ends up kidding them and runs away
The prince can’t wait to be gone and out and about horse riding and hunting
My favourite part of the movie X-D The prince and his mates run away from their study master and fool around in the woods
While a good friend goes to the city to buy goods for the stepmother, a birdnest with three magical nuts falls upon him which he brings to Cinderella. A perfect gift – as she had asked him to bring her “anything that falls upon your nose”
Cinderella’s good friend Rosalie the owl
Cinderella doesn’t know the nuts are magical…
…but Rosalie seems to know!
While Cinderella wishes to have a possibility to see the prince again, a nut falls down
She examines the nut more closely and finds a hunting costume
Delighted about the gift she puts it right on and goes out to the woods…
…where she interacts with the hunting game of the royalties
Disguised as a boy, the prince does not recognize her and gives her a ring for being the best hunter
He asks her to show more of her tricks…
…and indeed – her shot was utterly precise!
“…I tell you to come down!”
“…and I tell you to come up!” 🙂
Shocked that Cinderella asks to be able to watch the ball from afar…
…the stepmother gives her more work to do at home
One of the funniest characters of the movie – Klein Röschen (Little Rosie)
The stepmother is angry at her daughter because she wasn’t fast enough to grab the prince for the first dance
Klein Röschen lifts the prince up while dancing 🙂
The King and Queen are stunned about the princess choice of dance partner
Cinderella makes it to the ball after all…
…wearing what she always dreamed to wear at her first ball (with the help of the second nut)
…isn’t this a sight?
Nikolaus encourages her to enter the castle
The stepsister steals the prince in the middle of the dance
Klein Röschen laugs at the stepsister as the prince runs off after a conversation with the stepsister
As she enters the ballroom, everyone is stunned about the beautiful stranger
The prince was about to rush out, sick of having to dance with so many ladies. When he sees her, he changes his mind and invites her to dance
His parents look pleased
The prince wants to marry Cinderella but can’t solve her riddle, so she runs off…
…and of course loses her shoe
The prince follows her into the farm but can’t find her. He orders to see all the women living there
They all have to try the shoe, but it doesn’t fit anyone
The kitchen boy disguises himself as a lady and wants to try the shoe on 🙂
The stepmother steals Cinderella’s clothes for her daughter and takes off with her and the shoe she grabbed from the prince. They have an accident and fall into a pond
The prince realizes it’s not the right person, takes the shoe back and follows Rosalie to the farm
Cinderella is stunned to see Rosalie flying back in
Sitting on the box where the nuts are, she suggests to make one last wish
Cinderella is beaming as she sees that the last gift from the nut for her is a wedding gown
Back at the farm the prince is very disappointed…
…when all of a sudden, a beautiful girl appears from the corner
Everyone is excited to see her!
The shoe fits…
…and the prince manages to solve the riddle
They get married…
…happily ever after 🙂
Have a wonderful Advent Season!