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 romantic comedy, but it is so much more. It's a surreal slice of a France that alternately does and does not exist. It's the deep meaning of it all, as well as the utter meaninglessness of day-to-day life.
Visually, it is a stunning achievement. If you pay attention to adults, or watch an hour of HGTV you'll soon realize that for some reason when most people grow up, their favorite colors somehow become tan and off-white. Amelie's world is one of color and joy, even in sadness. It's a world of hyper-natural color... the type of world within which every child would love to live.
Audrey Tautou brought to life one of the singlemost memorable characters in movie history with her role as Amelie. The writing here is great, unique, and funny, but there is so much hilarious stuff Audrey can do just with a look that this still could have been an entertaining movie even if the writing had been much less inventive and funny. I recently picked up Dirty Pretty Things almost solely because Audrey is one its main characters. After Amelie, I just had to see her in more movies.
If director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is ever able to top Amelie, that movie will certainly be another of the best films ever made.
Experience Amelie for yourself. You've never seen anything like it.
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
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 … more
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