- Posted September 23, 2013 by
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"Life of Pi" is among my favorite films to date. Naturally, the name of the character, Pi Patel, is one of the interesting subjects that the film tackles at the beginning.
From the screenplay of David Magee based on the novel of Yann Martel, the adult Pi explains to his guest, the writer: "One day Mamaji said to my father that of all the pools in the world, the most beautiful was a public pool in Paris. That the water there was so clear you could make your morning coffee with it, that a single swim there changed his life. Before I was born, he said to my father, 'If you want your son to have a clean soul, you must take him one day to swim in the Piscine Molitor.' I never understood why my father took this so much to heart, but he did, and I was named 'Piscine Molitor Patel.'"
A viewing of the film inspired me to read the novel by Yann Martel and there he writes: "But no swimming pool in Mamaji's eyes matched the glory of the Piscine Molitor. It was the crowning glory of Paris, indeed, of the entire civilized world."
Just for fun, I told myself "This I have to see." And so I took the Paris Metro, line 9, Michel Ange-Molitor Station. I walked a little and there it was. But alas, it was under renovation and there was no way to enter. Was this renovation inspired by the publicity Piscine Molitor got from the novel and the film? Maybe so. The beauty of this public swimming pool must have been astounding for it to earn immortality through a book and a movie--and inspire curious mortals like me to go and and take a look at "the only pool that made Mamaji fall silent..."