Bursting with imagination and having seen her fair share of tragedy and fantasy, Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is not like any other girl. As she grows up, she becomes a waitress in a Montmartre bar. One day, Amelie discovers that her goal in life is to fix up other people’s troubles.
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I've heard the arguments against Amelie: that it's aggressively whimsical (do we hold that against Lubitsch?), that it has a lilywhite image of France (do we hold that against Tati?), and more. And while it doesn't match the masters listed above, every time I see Amelie it carries me away. So don't hate it for being "foreign cinema-lite". Just tell its lovers about Stolen Kisses, Mon Oncle, and Story of a Cheat.
I came into watching this film expecting a high quality but ultimately cartoonish 'light watch'. Amelie is so much more: sure it's whimsical, fantastical and often quite goofy but it's also a surprisingly dark watch. It doesn't stray from the misfortunes of life, the alienation of individual quirks and the longing for another like you but celebrates these things. Truly a sweet surreal absurdist vision like no other.
A gush to cause conjecture, but to quote Icona Pop, "I don't care, I love it". Renoir, Godard, Truffaut, Vigo, Bunuel, Kieslowski, Clouzot, Tati, Resnais, Kassovitz, Audiard, - all of whom get criminally ignored, but Amelie's success doesn't negate its beauty. Jeunet created a love letter to marginal lives and Paris that stands true, dealing with the delicate meaning of the little things with aplomb. I stand by it.
I love you, Amélie. This movie is more than beautiful and one of my favourites that you can watch on cold winter days when nobody else is at home, because to me this is a movie to watch alone to fully appreciate its beauty.
the beautiful cinematography, the intriguing and layered storyline, Paris as the background, and the kooky-yet-lovable characters all weave in together to create this perfect movie about love.. my fave film of all time! <3
This bright and colorful love letter to Montmartre, Paris, stars the adorable Audrey Tatou in a quirky performance that will steal your heart. It's both humorous and poignant at the same time. Throw in a pinch of mystery, a dash of fantasy, and a dollop of romance, and you have the recipe for the best film Jean-Pierre Jeunet ever made (and he's made some very good ones.)
Jeunet's most famous film has aged beautifully. While some viewers see it as little more than a twee fantasy, it's actually a film full of sadness, disappointment & social dysfunction; the quest of the protagonist is to find hope! Presenting the world of the film subjectively from the point of view of its title character gives Jeunet a context to indulge in quirky visuals that feel necessary as opposed to indulgent.