Saturday, 13 April 2013

Amélie (2001) Poster
Film : Amelie
Director : Jean- Pierre Jeune
Genre: Romantic comedy

It's about a girl named Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love.
Basically, it was very good and well written  movie that made me think about just how far we are willing to go to be comfortable with our live and helps the others. The movie starts off with a quick recap of Amelie’s life, from the lost of her goldfish as a child to her mother’s death at the hands of a Quebec woman who does a suicide swan dive off a church roof. It is out of nowhere and so sudden. This movie proves that coincidences happens everyday, even when no one ever notices it, but Amelie’s coincidences take the cake and wanders into the world of complete fantasy.  Every single frame of Amelie is a lovely ode to the French neighborhood where the movie takes place. It’s movies like this, shot in this fashion, that makes foreigners want to visit France.  Every character in this movie have very individual personalities, quite a difficult task, since the film has a long cast list. There’s Nino, a man who collects discarded public pay photo booth pictures; the ex-boyfriend of one of Amelie’s co-workers, who stalks his ex and dictates everything she does into a microcassette recorder; and there’s Amelie’s neighbor, who has been painting the same Renoir picture once every 20 years for some odd reason. For me,  it’s a good movie, but after a while it does loses its luster. There’s also the rather lame sequence of mistaken identity and sitcom-like situations toward the end with Amelie and Nino that tarnishes an otherwise pretty unique film. Although I enjoy watching this movie but don't expect too much because it's does not nearly as deep as its makers would like us to believe. 

By : Aniis Nadhirah Ahmad Azam

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