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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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Many have described the storyline, so I won't bother, but I will say that every American filmmaker should study this movie. It is perfect across the board...impeccable directing, great storyline, fantastic cinematography and design, a charming and beautiful soundtrack. But, what makes this movie really stand out is the performances. This should be shown to film students as a superb study in well developed characters, and the entire cast is outstanding, but particularly Audrey Tautou. This is the movie that made the world fall in love with her, and for good reason. I don't think a character, (or actress) could be more charming or endearing, and Tautou plays it to perfection.
This is a French film, with English subtitles, but for goodness sake, have an open mind, and just watch it. I promise it is worth it.
If you haven't seen it, AMÉLIE is a wonderful story about two lonely people who've been dreaming about one another since they were children. Both Amélie (Audrey Tautou) and Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz) wished they had another person in their life, being such lonely children, and one day as adults, their paths cross. In the meantime, both acquire quirks and Amélie, after finding a tin box filled with a boy's childhood treasures, decides that she's going to reunite the owner (now a 40+ man) with the lost keepsake. After proving a successful and joyous reunion, she vows to become a crusader for good helping all the other lonely people around her.
However, no matter how many good deeds she accomplishes, Amélie cannot escape the cold loneliness that she feels inside and around her, until she's finally forced to help herself and take that flying leap of faith and letting someone else in.
Perhaps that's why I enjoy this movie so much. It isn't just a boy-meets-girl type of film; it explores the angst that comes along with meeting someone that you feel a connection with and that period in-between, especially if you've been alone for a long time, and you just don't know how to take the next step.
Another great thing about this film is the use of special effects. This has to be the first movie that I've seen that uses special effects and it isn't in the science fiction/fantasy genre. The use of the effects really punctuate the story and gives it a whimsical feel. Although it does paint a romanticized view of life and of Paris, it's used to great effect throughout and I love the visual style of it.
The BLU-RAY edition of AMÉLIE is gorgeous! The saturated colors really pop and the clarity makes the movie a feast for the eyes.
I am however a little disappointed that there wasn't any new special features added to this BLU-RAY edition.
In fact, several extras on the DVD are gone from here: the TV Spots, the French language trailer, and the cast and crew filmography. Not a big deal though since all the important specials were ported over and everything is on one disc.
****** SPECIAL FEATURES ******
"Audio Commentary By Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet" - in English
"Look Of Amélie" - 12:48-minutes English
Director Jeunet and cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel discuss the use of special effects and visual style used in the movie.
"Fantasies Of Audrey Tautou" - 2:07-minutes
"Screen Tests" - Play All or One At A Time - French w/English subtitles
Audrey Tautou - 01:58 - interesting to note that Tautou was not Jeunet's first choice for Amélie
Urbain Cancelier - :38 - the grocer, "Monsieur Colignon"
Yolande Moreau - 03:52 - Amélie's downstairs neighbor, "Madeleine"
"Q & A With Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet" (English) - 24:37-minutes
Filmed at a screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, CA, and audience get to ask questions at the end.
"Q & A With Director And Cast" (French W/English subs) - 05:55
Another screening Q & A with the director, Tautou, Kassovitz, and Jamel Debbouze (Lucien).
"Storyboard Comparison" - :58
short clip of the fun house scene with the storyboards.
"An Intimate Chat With Jean-Pierre Jeunet" - (French W/English subs) - 20:48-minutes
Charming and funny, Jeunet talks about the film, the idea etc. and how it came to be, and the controversy surrounding the Cannes Film Festival.
"Home Movies: Inside The Making Of Amélie" - 12:46
Interesting behind-the-scenes footage of Tautou getting her hair cut and styled into the famous bob; showing the extras that took the pictures in the photo-booth for Nino's photo book; test shots for camera angles; Serge Merlin "Dufayel aka the Glass Man" rehearsing lines; Debbouze (Lucien) preparing to shoot his scene etc.
Trailers - English
Scrapbook - includes behind-the-scenes, French Poster concepts, Storyboards, and the Garden Gnome's Travels (which I swear Travelocity stole the idea for their roaming Gnome ads).
Anyway, if you already own the 2-DVD set of AMÉLIE and don't really need the 1080p high definition makeover, you could probably skip this Blu-Ray edition. But if you'd like to see it in hi-def and own a high definition TV, plus you love the movie, I highly recommend AMÉLIE on BR.
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No one can watch this and stay in a bad mood.
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