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Les Petites Filles Des Ténèbres: Cold Start

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It’s not widely known, but George Lucas’ main inspiration for the powers of the Force in the Star Wars movies were inspired by his years growing up in France, where he witnessed firsthand les petites filles des ténèbres, which translates to “little girls of darkness.” These were female children that lived in group homes in French towns and, for a fee, would move objects via telekinesis. Usually, their rates were affordable enough that entire streets of people would have them move their cars out of their driveway with their mind-powers, just so they could have a more leisurely breakfast. That’s what we’re seeing here, with this Citroën Ami and the petite fille des ténèbres there.

In this shot, she’s pulled the car out of the driveway and onto the street, and the dad/Ami owner is just now getting into the car, ready to drop his kid at school and start his day. They were often employed in groups to move pianos up into skyscraper windows, and in the 1924 Paris Olympics, a group of 200 of them performed a dazzling display of sending Renault taxis through the floating Olympic rings, to the delight of the crowd.

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By the 1980s, pressures from anti-witchcraft religious groups and the increasing affordability of diesel-powered telekinesis machines effectively ended the era of the filles des ténèbres.

 

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Cody
Cody
1 year ago

I love this story.
Thank you

10001010
10001010
1 year ago

Articles like this are exactly why I’m a paying member of this fine automotive website.

Martin Ibert
Martin Ibert
1 year ago

Jason, you are one month ahead of your time. Today is March 1st, not April 1st.

Geoff Buchholz
Geoff Buchholz
1 year ago

This is giving me “establishing-shot-in-Wes-Anderson-movie” vibes, just down the rue from the Chambres des Jeunes Filles.

DysLexus
DysLexus
1 year ago

Pierre: C’mon Estelle get in Dad’s car! We’re gonna be late for school again!

Estelle: No. Not until place Gisele on the hood for my friends to see.

Pierre: For the final time, Nobody can see your imaginary unicorn Gisele!!!

Chronometric
Chronometric
1 year ago

This commercial ran on French TV during the Superbowl showing a Citroën Ami running over small children.

Ben Duke
Ben Duke
1 year ago

I think they are just arriving at that famous school for undercover cop, it’s clearly at the 21 jump street, and she is just trying top be ami with the guy in the ami who is the young Johnny Depp (she’ll probably regret that later)

DysLexus
DysLexus
1 year ago

Wait…isn’t that girl Mark Hamil’s French cousin Marie Hamil? You know the one who showed him how to pose like a Jedi that one summer in Nice?

Or maybe I am mistaken?

Andy Individual
Andy Individual
1 year ago

Lucas inspired by darkness. Well done!

Mark Tucker
Mark Tucker
1 year ago

This photo just makes me want an Ami.

William Domer
William Domer
1 year ago
Reply to  Mark Tucker

Moi aussi.

DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
DubblewhopperInDubblejeopardy
1 year ago

” The power of Christ compels you…..”

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 year ago

HAIL SATAN!

BigThingsComin
BigThingsComin
1 year ago
Reply to  Toecutter

Hail Satin.

OpposedPiston
OpposedPiston
1 year ago
Reply to  BigThingsComin

Hale Satin

MaximillianMeen
MaximillianMeen
1 year ago

You sure she isn’t trying to chop the boys head off with the sliding window?

Jakob K's Garage
Jakob K's Garage
1 year ago

Oh, you.. 🙂

Mr. Frick
Mr. Frick
1 year ago

I think the less ominous explanation is she missed the bus and is hitchhiking to school

Cool Dave
Cool Dave
1 year ago

First they came for our telekinetic children, now they want us to drive EVs. WHERE WILL IT END!?

Flyingstitch
Flyingstitch
1 year ago

The Ami looks like it’s frozen in the act of recoiling in horror.

Beer-light Guidance
Beer-light Guidance
1 year ago
Reply to  Flyingstitch

Resisting being pulled forward with all its might

The F--kshambolic Cretinoid Harvey Park
The F--kshambolic Cretinoid Harvey Park
1 year ago
Reply to  Flyingstitch

It saw itself in the mirror

Mr. Asa
Mr. Asa
1 year ago

Every now and then I wonder if you need to get your water checked for contaminants.

Jonathan Lanni
Jonathan Lanni
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr. Asa

i would laugh if it turns out torch is the one living on a superfund site and not davids old house

Toecutter
Toecutter
1 year ago
Reply to  Jonathan Lanni

I live right by a superfund site. They’re more common than most people would think they are.

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
1 year ago

May the farce be with you.

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