Ihave only seen a trailer for Brave, Pixar's latest film, but even watching a few fleeting frames my heart swelled with pride.
That Scotland looks romantically lush and mysterious is, of course, a bonus, but the really clever bit was the filmmakers' pin-sharp social realism. In one single detail, they captured what makes Scotland distinctive.
I'm not referring to the fact the heroine Merida is a feisty, talented young woman, of which Scotland has more than its fair share. No, what's striking is her unruly nest of red hair. This mane takes on a life of its own, tumbling around her face when she gets angry, streaming behind her like a flag as she rides through the forest, fizzing with anticipation as she fires an arrow that hits its target smack on. In terms of characters, it has as big a part as she does, suggesting her independent spirit and courage. But she's not the only redhead. The scene where Merida and her siblings chat around the dinner table is like watching a box of tomatoes spring into life. You begin to wonder if, by using such brilliantly rich colour, the director is trying to evoke the passion that makes Merida's family, and indeed this nation, tick.
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