Amelie

{5/5} “I am nobody’s little weasel.”

Amelie’s mother died when she was  young and her father wasn’t very sociable so she spent a lot of time using her imagination. She’s now a waitress — she has some interesting coworkers and customers. She finds a box of knick knacks hidden in her wall and vows to track down its owner. When successful, she embarks on a mission to do good things for other people.

Amelie was released in 2001. It’s one of my favourite movies, and I’ve seen it 3 or 4 times.

It has a similar quirky sense of humour as Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s earlier movies Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children. There are many amazing details on screen, and it’s very funny.

The story is populated by many unique characters — people who live in the same building as Amelie, people at the restaurant, and some in between.

Audrey Tautou was a revelation the first time I saw this movie — she’s perfect as Amelie — and I’ve since seen her in several other movies.

Like Star Trek, this movie will leave you feeling good about the world. It’s a beautiful movie, and if you haven’t seen it I encourage you to drop everything and watch it now.

The exuberant music is by Yann Tiersen (Good Bye Lenin!).

Audrey Tautou (A Very Long Engagement) plays Amelie. Dominique Pinon (Alien Resurrection), who’s in all of Jeunet’s movies, plays Joseph.

The movie was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Micmacs).

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