Thursday, 19 December 2013

''Amélie'' (2001 movie)- Review

Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Released: 2001
Country: France

Genres: Romantic comedy, Drama

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Serge Merlin, Claire Maurier, Isabelle Nanty, Urbain Cancelier, Jamel Debbouze

Rating: 5 out of 5


Amelie... ah, what a beautiful, charming, what a lively and refreshing film! This is such a film that brings a smile in the face, it's a film that makes you feel good, feel emotional, feel happy, feel wonderful. While I won't say that it's one of the greatest films I have seen, but when it comes to the most beautiful films, most charming films, I think it's certainly one of them. It's a great film, a heartwarming, charming film.

The film tells the story of Amelie. As a child, young Amelie's life was extremely lonely. She had no siblings, no playmates, and her parents were never friendly to her; they were rather strict and eccentric. Her father, a doctor, never hugged her, and only talked to her once in a month, for medical checkup. Seeing her father, her heart would start to beat fast, and her father mistakenly assumed that she was physically unfit to go to school. Her mother took the entire responsibility of her education. Amelie's childhood was sad and lonely. After the accidental death of her mother, Amelie was left alone with her introverted father, who never used to give her company. After she became an adult, she got away from home and started to work as a waitress, still living a lonely, isolated life.

But her life changes soon. One day, in her apartment, she accidentally finds a hidden box, filled with the toys of a child, that was kept there by a resident of her apartment, forty years ago. Amelie decides that she will find the owner of this box and return it to him. And if the owner is happy to get the box back, she would dedicate herself to make other people happy. After a lot of effort, she is able to find the owner of the box, and the owner becomes extremely happy to get the box back. Delighted and inspired, Amelie decides to make the people around her happy. She indirectly helps and tries to bring a smile to the people around her, like a blind man, the assistant in a grocery store, a middle-aged worker in the restaurant where she works, and also, her father, who lives a lonely life.

And one day, Amelie comes across a young man, Nino, who collects discarded photos from photo-booths. Nino accidentally drops his album (where he keeps those photos), and Amelie, who has fallen in love with, decides to return it to him, but her shyness doesn't let her come near him... 

How will she approach Nino? Will she be able to express her feelings,  and let Nino know about her feelings?

''Amelie'' is a film with which you become feel comfortable at once. It is such a film that has the power to bring smile on the viewer's face, it is a beautiful, charming story, a feel-good masterpiece.

I found myself attached to the characters, especially Amelie. Audrey Tautou is so amazing, so wonderful. Amelie's character is portrayed excellently by Tautou, bringing the character to life. Her beautiful and firm determination, childlike innocence, vivid imagination--- all these were so well portrayed. She becomes such a memorable, unforgettable character.

The visual beauty of this film is quite unforgettable. I loved the cinematography. I loved the settings. Bright, sunny, brightly lit, the film's visuals are extremely memorable and beautiful. It's a beautiful looking film, it's hard to move the eyes from the screen because the film is so beautiful, so charming.

''Amelie'' has a lot of characters, most of whom are helped, indirectly, by Amelie. As such, there are several subplots, like the subplot about Amelie's father, whose garden gnome has disappeared (Amelie is using the gnome to help her father). There is a middle-aged, hypochondriac co-worker, who has never found love, and Amelie tries to bring love to her life. And there is a painter, a neighbor of Amelie, with whom Amelie becomes quite friendly. Another subplot involves the abusive greengrocer, whom Amelie decides to teach a lesson. It was amusing, this subplot. There is also another subplot about a mystery man (there are lots of photos of this mystery man in Nino's album; Amelie wonders who this man actually is and why he takes so many photographs of himself).

If you are looking for a film that is beautiful, heartwarming, lively, charming, and that will make you smile, then watch ''Amelie''! It's certainly one of the most beautiful movies that I have seen!

5 out of 5

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