Sunday, 14 April 2013

The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain

                                   AMELIE-(review by siti norfatin liana bt muhamad zainon)

Amelie (Original French title: le fabuleux destin d'Amelie poulain) d'Amelie Poulain . The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is whimsical depiction of contemporary parisian life, set in montrarte. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by audrey tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. The film was an international co-production between companies in french and germany.
Amelie poulain was raised by eccentric parents who believing erroneously that she had a heart defect and prevented her from meeting other children and she was home schooled by her mother.  She delevoped an active imagination and fantasy life to cope with her loneliness. After the death of her mother and her father's subsequent withdrawal from society,  Amelie leaves home and becomes a waitress at Cafe Des 2 Moulins in Montmartre, staffed and frequented by a collection of eccentrics.  Spurning romantic relationships after a few disppointing efforts, she finds contentment in simple pleasures and letting her imagination roam free.

However, all this changes whe she hears of ultimetely death of princess diana, which triggers a chain  reaction of events that lead her to discovering a box of old childhood trenkets hidden in the wall of her bathroom. Amelie then decide to return these box to its owner. Which sh does, a selfless act that brings both the owner and amelie much joy. She is than galvanized into helping everyone around her find happiness, a decision that ultimetely lead Amelie into finding her own, as she crosses paths with nino, another eccentric individual who may very well be her match. for as done.

 For me, its intersting film about amelie character, who always helping people around her. instead of directly approching them, amelie profer to hide both dentity and intentions.  She does this by creating elobrate "strategems" that achieve the end result without anyone being aware of what she has done. For examples, when she returns a box of childhood treasures to it owner, she lures him by replacing a pay call where she has place a box and then follow him to the bar to guage him reaction.  Another inresting scheme for this film when involving kidnepping her father's garden grome and sending snapshots of it front a famous landmarks around the world, which eventually convinces him into taking a long-delayed vacation. in devising such rude goldbergain schemes, Amelie avoid direct contact and emotional involvement with the people she helps.  Thereby, minimizing the potential for dispointment or impact of failure. Unfornately, this modus aperandi also becomes an almost insurmountable obtacle when its comes to finding her own happiness, as its prevents amelie even holding as simple conservation with Nino.

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