Amélie (2001)

 

 “It’s better to help people than garden gnomes.”

What’s it about?

Cute and quirky Amélie Poulain decides that since the world can sometimes be cesspit of shit, she’s gonna do the little things she can to make it better, i.e; helping others and sorting out the problems of people around her. Of course she find the love she’s always wanted along the way.

Who’s in it?

The amazing Audrey Tautou and a bunch other amazing French actors whose names I will not bother to type for the sake of my poor fingers sanity.

Why should I watch it?

+ As dictionary definitions go, this movie is the definition of “feel-good”
+ Seriously, like, you will FEEL GOOD watching the movie. I don’t think there’s any way else to describe it
+ The originality and quirkiness in just the screenplay is nothing short of astounding
+ Delightful. Charming. Whimsical. Almost magical. Tim Burton-esque
+ Movie even tries to make you feel snug with the way it looks
+ All summery with it’s warm colour palette and hues. Props to cinematographer
+ Eccentric narrations throughout
+ Amélie’s funny childhood scenes
+ Amazing overhead crane-shot of Amélie skipping stones on the Canal St Martin. Props to cinematographer
+ Audrey Tatou is a freaking wonder to stare at. With her smile and those big gamine eyes
+ It’s love at first sight *snap out of it and focus, dude!*
+ Ok, but seriously, her cute innocence and charm really make the movie work
+ Love the overall theme about helping others
+ And the surprisingly deep message about focusing on the small, important things in life
+ The scenes where she takes revenge on the mean grocer, breaking into his apartment and messing things up with him later facing the punishment are rib-cracking
+ Wish I had an Amélie during my internship #EvilMonsterMeanAssBoss
+ “Collingon, down the john.”
+ Uses comedy to dilute scenarios that would normally be too serious, risque or dark
+ Movie’s actually almost a perfect blend of the two, comedy and drama
+ Fuck the language barrier, movie’s just as enjoyable regardless
+ In fact, even more so
+ Really gets you into the culture and mood of France
+ Seriously! I wanna fly to Paris just because of how richly I saw it presented
+ The irony of how she gives out so much love but is too afraid to go out there and find some
+ Mystery of the guy in the photo-booth pictures
+ The back and forth in the love story *Just go meet him already!*
+ “If you let this chance go by, eventually your heart will be become as dry and brittle as my skeleton.”
+ Probably the most badass ‘get off your butt’ quote from any movie…
+ Happy happy happy ending

Why shouldn’t I watch it?

– Sweetness overkill
– Quirkiness overkill
– Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this mainstream world of sameness and mediocrity
– So peculiar that the story gets lost at times
– The back and forth in the love story *Just go meet him already!*
– If you don’t speak French, this is you the entire time:Selection_002.png
– You know what? Scrap all of that. Still ain’t reason enough to not watch it!

Anything else?

Isn’t it funny how a majority of us are just these eccentric, introverted creatures who, like Amélie, take notice of the little things with a warmness in the heart that’s just yearning to burst out?
I love this movie.  It’s actually a travesty that I never saw it until now.
It’s brilliantly hilarious and is brought to life in visual splendor by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with Audrey Tatou at its center, giving one of the warmest, most sincere, charming performances ever.
When you talk about feel-good flicks, it’s a masterpiece in it’s own right.
SEE IT.

9/10

10/10

You might also like:
Big Fish
Life Is Beautiful
Pushing Daisies (Not a movie, a T.V. show. But with a lot of similar vibes)

Hey there again! Uche here again, posting for my bro Diego while he does precisely what Sundays are meant for.
Needless to say, these guest posts are always a joy to write but I’d love it if you could also check out my own blog sometime. Cheers!

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8 thoughts on “Amélie (2001)

  1. This was for quite some time my favourite film ever, numero uno on my list – absolutely love it, there is no max limit on number of times I can see this film – only recently surpassed by Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

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