Amélie (also known as Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain) offers a genuinely lyrical escape from the burdens of ordinary life either with its incomparable cinematography or its peculiar yet charming personas.
The movie centers around Amélie, a young waitress who decides to help people find happiness in her own weird and creative manner. Her quest to spread joy leads her on a journey where she finds true love.
Amélie is first and foremost an artistically well-made motion picture that has proved over the decades that being weird and quirky is not necessarily a bad thing.
The story is, undeniably, both multifaceted and multidimensional. The film explores multiple themes simultaneously. The most dominant theme was, obviously, that of Isolation, you wouldn’t think it possible to be isolated in a city of over 2 million people, right? In fact, almost all of the characters in Amélie radiate some sort of loneliness at the beginning and throughout the entire film.
There’s also the theme of surrealism. Amélie (the lead character) is already known to be slightly weird and living in a world of her own. But what most of the viewers missed to see is that in fact she surrounds herself with fellow weirdos who move to the beat of their own drum!
Plus, it’s worth mentioning Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s own version of Paris. Jeunet’s reimagination of Paris as an idyllic haven for lovers filled with romance at each corner and alley is in a way charming and utterly welcoming.
Alongside these two themes, many more were also explored such as love and courage.
Moreover, as the storyline progresses, you’d find yourself strangely enchanted by the protagonist’s peculiar kind of charisma and quirkiness. Just as the story, the characters were quite diverse, complex and pluriform. They were all important and well-needed additions to the storyline.
The cast was perfectly chosen, to say the least. Each member did not only impersonate but truly embodied his character to a point where they all merged as one. Audrey Tautou is a legend. Her portrayal of the weird and highly imaginative Amélie is pure perfection. Mathieu Kazzovitz was also a delight to witness, as well as the rest of this highly talented cast.
Last but not least, the cinematography was superb and simply hypnotic. The use of authentic Parisian sceneries and some panoramic city shots created an overwhelmingly absurd ambiance that I simply fell in love with. The music was extremely imaginative and innovative as well!
Gracefully pleasing and stunningly crafted, Amélie is a movie worth watching over the decades!
I highly recommend it!
Despite being caught in her imaginative world, Amelie, a young waitress, decides to help people find happiness. Her quest to spread joy leads her on a journey where she finds true love.
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Music composed by: Yann Tiersen
Nominations: Academy Award for Writing (Original Screenplay)