Monday, 15 April 2013

Amelie review - LEE HUA LI

The film Amelie was origin from France. The french title for Amelie  Le Fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain. It was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It has awarded with BAFTA -Best Production Design, Best Original Screenplay, European Film Awards for best film, and Cesar Awards. Amelie was directed and co-written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. His films have been popular all over the world and his background in animation shows through in his imaginative approach to film-making. From the web, i found that the films of Director Jeunet have not always met with critical approval in his home country. Amelie being turned down by the Cannes Film Festival. Amelie was hailed in France as a positive statement of what it means to be French. Amelie is the story of Amelie Poulain, a girl who grows up isolated from other children. Her father, Raphael, an ex-Army doctor, mistakenly believes she is suffering from a heart condition. Amelie's mother dies in a freak accident when she is young. This causes Raphael to devote his life to building a shrine in the garden in her memory. Left to amuse herself, Amelie develops an usually active imagination. When she grows up, she becomes a waitress in s small cafe run by a circus performer where she decides to spend her life helping others. After a series of adventures involving eccentric characters, Amelie is forced to examine her own life and her attraction to Nino, a young man who collects discarded photographs left on photo booths. Finally, Amelie overcomes her shyness, meets with Nino, and begins a relationship.

As we know, French films always have some nudity scenes, same goes to the film Amelie. Despite all the cultural againsing, Amelie offers the viewer an imaginative and charming view of the world that appeals to audiences. The strongest theme in Amelie is simplicity. Amelie takes things in life simple. In pursuing her mission, she does not discuss any grand purpose, merely the desire to make people happy. Her world is totally without 'reality checks' as not all of her schemes work as perfectly as she hopes. For example, the relationship between Geogrgette and Joseph eventually breaks down.

Amelie is often described as a modern fairy tale, which on the whole is a fair summary. The film is a digitally enhanced version of a quirky and amusingly observed reality. The story revolves around the life Amelie. The tone for the film is set when the short opening sequence is given over to her early life. It begins at the moment of conception and concludes with her leaving home for Paris. The sequence is sharp, funny and imaginatively depicted. Once Amelie reaches Paris, she settles into her life as a waitress in the Two Windmills cafe. A short montage is used again to illustrate the ins and outs and experiments of her everyday life. The intrusion of reality that starts the change in Amelie's life id the death of Princess Diana and Amelie's discovery of a small boy's treasure trove. Amelie resolves to return this to its owner, as a test for idea about making the world a better place, and her mission begins. While on this mission she must also find the courage to overcome her shyness and talk to Nino.

Amelie is a comedy and some of the jokes are both funny and delightful (the suicidal goldfish is one that immediately springs to mind). Even the death of Amelie's mother by a falling tourist is blackly amusing. In using humour we are encouraged not to take the film too seriously and are reminded about how absurdly funny life can be, even in its darkest moments.The use of special effects in the film is considerable but not intrusive. It is often only on reflection that we realise how much of a special effect we have been watching. When we look into the scenes that are staged in underground or railway stations to judge how far the Paris of Amelie is idealised.

From the film, it shows us how imaginatively the world can be portrayed. Simple life and simple things are dealt with without having to reduce them to the dull or lack of entertainment. Amelie shows us the way to enjoy life's simple pleasures.

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