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Garance, heroine of Marcel Carne’s 1945 film about life in the arts, Les Enfants du Paradis (“Children of Paradise”), is the kind of woman I want to be. The poor girl can’t leave the house without a new suitor—a petty criminal, an actor, a count—throwing himself in her path or talking at her while she just might have better things to do. Whereas a lesser person would rudely dismiss such admirers, Garance coolly indulges them with a smile and listens to their prattle—all the while keeping her eye on the prize: a street mime whose exquisite dramatization of a crime keeps her out of trouble and captures her heart. Throughout the film (secretly shot during the Nazi occupation of Paris), Garance keeps insisting that love is simple; in Carne’s world, it’s anything but. Les Enfants du Paradis screens at 7 p.m. at the Embassy of France’s La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. $5. (202) 944-6091. (Tricia Olszewski)