Sunday, 14 April 2013

Mohamed Faiz B. Mohamed Yusof

1.            Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain
2.            Production year: 2001
3.            Countries: France, Germany, Rest of the world
4.            Runtime: 120 mins
5.            Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
6.            Cast: Audrey Tautou, Dominique Pinon, Jamel Debbouze, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus


One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.  Amelie is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life.  Her mother Amandine died in a freak accident when Amelie was eight, and her father Raphael had limited contact with her, since his presence seemed to throw her heart into high gear.  Despite all this, Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature.  When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting and she decides it's time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the cafe.  Amelie starts by bringing together two lonely people -- Georgette, a tobacconist with a severe case of hypochondria, and Joseph, an especially ill-tempered customer.  When Amelie finds a box of old toys in her apartment, she returns them to their former owner, Mr. Bretodeau, sending him on a reverie of childhood.  Amelie befriends Dufayel, an elderly artist living nearby whose bones are so brittle, thanks to a rare disease, that everything in his flat must be padded for his protection.  And Amelie decides someone has to step into the life of Nino, a lonely adult video store clerk and part-time carnival spook-show ghost who collects pictures left behind at photo booths around Paris.

One day in her apartment, she accidentally stumbles upon a box of toys belonging to a previous male tenant, who is now a lonely grandfather.  Consumed with impish yet benign devilment, Amelie contrives a secret way to return these treasures to their astonished owner.  This film are revolves around her "creepy" socialization and she try to convert, improve the lives of those around her.  But these comfortingly childlike games are interrupted by the very grown-up shock of falling in love with a handsome and mysterious stranger, Mathieu Kassovitz.
Amelie's charm will be a vital point for many people.  Tautou has got an attractive address to the camera that brought her to the mysterious identity who are enigmatically.  She has a lovely, easy rapport with Kassovitz, although, as she is apart from him for most of the film.  But there is a sequence in which one of Amelie's character been shown; tragically sympathy, punishes the local greengrocer for being horrible to his assistant, played by Debbouze.  She breaks into his apartment and rearranges everything just to mess with his head.
The most successful part of the movie is the first act: Amelie's childhood, when all the fantasy and naivety work best.  There is a terrific voiceover which introduces us to Amelie's parents and gives us a hilarious run-down of their likes and dislikes, a bravura piece of comedy which is worth the price of admission.  There is much to enjoy in Amelie, love session between desperate men, joseph and Georgette, how funny when the way the love come into them, amelie's father; about how effectively plan and trick to get a dream and desires vacation for her father, the moment when the first meetings to return Mathieu Kassovitz's photo album.

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