Through a variety of tiny, selfless acts, Amelie touches the people around her, changing their lives in small, yet immeasurably vast ways. She reconnects a man with his childhood. She sparks passion between two lonely people. She brings closure to a mourning woman through a voice from the past. She subtly and deliciously avenges the abuses a mean-spirited employer heaps on a mentally slow but well-meaning assistant. And she sends her own father around the world through the eyes of a simple garden gnome.
Amelie is shy. She's empathetic. She's inventive. And, wherever she goes, she dips her hands in sacks of grain and collects flat stones for skipping. Actress Audrey Tautou is perfect in the role, a winsome young woman with huge, deep eyes and a fey smile to steal your heart away.
What an enchanting little movie this is! Amelie is almost a genre unto itself. Not content to just be a funny movie, or a movie about the thrill of new love, it combines both and mixes in a heaping helping of strangeness and random meaningless events to pull together a lovely picture of life as it really can be. It's harnessing all the meaningless little things of daily life into the swirling coherence of your life. In the big picture, I guess Amelie could be considered a … more
Amelie is a wonderful allegorical story with breathtaking cinematography. This is a wonderful ensemble cast with strong character development throughout. This is a movie that you hate to see end while watching just like reading a great book and finding yourself at the end and thinking "now what?"... Audrey Tautou is MESMERIZING without saying a word. Her facial/body movements are haunting and she develops an "otherworldly/angelic" character in Amelie. The two disc DVD with featurettes are a wonderful … more
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Perhaps the most charming movie of all time,Amélieis certainly one of the top 10. The title character (the bashful and impish Audrey Tautou) is a single waitress who decides to help other lonely people fix their lives. Her widowed father yearns to travel but won't, so to inspire the old man she sends his garden gnome on a tour of the world; with whispered gossip, she brings together two cranky regulars at her café; she reverses the doorknobs and reprograms the speed dial of a grocer who's mean to his assistant. Gradually she realizes her own life needs fixing, and a chance meeting leads to her most elaborate stratagem of all. This is a deeply wonderful movie, an illuminating mix of magic and pragmatism. Fans of the director's previous films (Delicatessen,The City of Lost Children) will not be disappointed; newcomers will be delighted.--Bret Fetzer