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Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay, this magical comedy earned overwhelming acclaim nationwide! A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris cafe, Amélie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better! From then on, Amélie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness ... in the most delightfully unexpected way! But will she have the courage to do for herself what she has done for others?
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Every other movie I've ever seen is a better movie than 'Amelie', but it will appeal very well to people who'd rather live in a different universe. It picks up real, living humans and uses them like toys, like terminally uninformed parodies of humanity. It squanders reality. See that bar-maid there? That actress playing her is probably a fascinating woman - I'm SURE she's a fascinating woman - people tend heavily to be fascinating. Sadly though, this cartoon of a film allows no manifestation of any side of any of its performers' personalities to show through at any point. I have never, ever been more infuriated by a movie. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's previous film was 'Alien: Resurrection', which goes part-way, but not all the way, toward explaining why this movie is as bad as it is.
Although there is ever so much more to be said, that's about all I'm going to say about 'Amelie'. I'd like to tell you that this is because the film's Hadesian wretchedness is beyond my ability to properly describe, but that would constitute a falsehood on the scale of 'Amelie'. The truth is that I am dismayed by the idea of exerting any more mental energy contemplating this grotesque puppet show. That the film receives such unbroken acclaim is a dreary testament to the desire of so very many people for movies that provide an escape from any form of recognizable life. For Jean-Pierre Jeunet to spit in my face would be so much kinder than what he did to me by making this movie it would constitute an atonement.
(Note: Buried in the film's sound-track is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard; a version of 'Guilty' sung by Albert Bowlly in 1931. An acquaintance haplessly gave this film to me, and afterwards I told her that, although it was the single most detestable film I'd ever seen, without it I'd surely have gone the rest of my days without having heard that sublime melody, and was grateful to her. My relationship with that song will end only at the hour of my death, unlike my relationship with this film and its director, which terminates with the completion of this sentence.)
Some of the rapid-fire comic bits were a bit funny...but VERY few. I never for a second cared about where the plot (haha...plot) was going, or about any of the "kooky" characters. I couldn't bring myself to watch this until the end. That's my definition of a one-star film.
As I watched, my heart cried, my soul opened wide, and I fell in love...with a movie. I mean, the whole movie; the colors, the actors, the words, the language, the story, and the music, oh the incredible music. It is pointless to explain the plot or get into specifics. How do you dissect pure beauty without detracting from its overall power?
There are very few things I recommend to everyone I know, especially to those who I hold close to my heart. Amélie is one of them. I plead with you - watch this movie.
As I go through life as a divorced man in my forties I realize I have learned a lot about what it is that I would need from a partner. It isn't a long list, but the requirements are essential. One of them is that she must adore this movie.