The Favourite Game – Angelic Childhood Memory

“The Favourite Game”, also called “Le jeu de l’ange”, is a Canadian film. The plot setting of “The Favourite game” begins with this piece of pure whiteness in a Montréal park and also ends there:

Favourite Game Setting

The story is about Leo’s relationship with two women Shell and Lisa. In real life, Leo is deeply in love with Shell. I captured a couple of fantastic scenes of them:

When they fell in love, their image in the moon was absolutely beautiful and I captured the moments when the night was approaching and they were gradually merged into the moon:


Moon 2

Moon 3

This sunset image is also almost perfect:


When they separated, Shell’s sadness was artfully expressed through the car mirror:


Sad 2

Sad 3

Sad 4

Here comes Leo’s “true love” in his childhood memory:

“Lisa the child had evaded me and was still perfect, suddenly making all other women less perfect. They were still beautiful, but somehow less crucial.”

“Lisa the child, that perfection remained, preserving the past. Everything could be preserved forever, like my connection to Shell, and in that moment, I remembered.”

Lisa Child





“I remember flying over the snow and landing. And then I carefully stood up to look behind me at a perfect imprint, both human and angelic, in the perfect whiteness behind me, and that, that was the favourite game.”


A perfect novelist and a perfect director made this film perfect in their own sense of being perfect.

True love is pure and perfect and it is a series of perfect moments in your memories, especially the childhood memory, almost angelic, the pure perfect whiteness.

I think that the film should be called “The Angel Game” to match “Le jeu de l’ange”.

“The Favourite Game” was adapted from the novel of the same title. The author of the novel is the Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist Leonard Cohen. The protagonist of the novel is also called “Leo” and it’s an autobiographical novel.

Leonard Cohen is a typical idealist, a hopeless romantic perfectionist. Only a perfect childhood memory meets his sense of “true love”. This is non-existent in real life.

He’s after all a prince charming with a charm that doesn’t grow old with age. He’s featured in a new Sony commercial “2 Worlds” in which he recites a specially written verse called “That’s What I Heard You Say”.

5 / 5 stars     

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