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Nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay, this magical comedy met overwhelming acclaim nationwide. A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris café, Amelie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better! From then on, Amelie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness...in the most delightfully unexpected ways! 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.
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Amelie is a young girl in search of love - not for herself but for others that she meets during her life as a waitress in a small cafe. She herself has been starved of such affection as she has grown up and is motivated to rectify such gaps in the lives of others. This continues to satisfactory conclusions but, unexpectedly for Amelie, it also develops into a satisfactory conclusion for herself.
The film was made in 2001 and the source material is of high quality visually, and less importantly perhaps, in terms of audio. There is a considerable amount of voice-over dialogue in the form of Amelie's thoughts otherwise there are no special audio effects. If all of this seems potentially a trifle dull it is the achievement of the film that it proves to be charmingly engrossing instead.
For all of those who are keen supporters of this film and who have bought the previous DVD version of this disc, the only issue of vital importance will be whether the Blu-ray offers an improvement technically sufficient to justify the additional expense.
For this reviewer the answer is a clear affirmative. The upgrade offers a clear advance on both image and audio quality with the imaging being a marked improvement. The colours are firmer and there is an increase to the perceived depth of the imaging. The whole film simply becomes more 'real.'
The degree of improvement will also inevitably depend on the replay equipment used. The screen, an important factor in visual products, is of moderate dimensions being a 40 inch television screen. However, the television is a high performing 4K unit which delivers a compensating positive effect. The moderate screen size lacks the impact of larger screens but is less critical of film faults.
The contributing player is usefully able to separate the audio and visual signals before they leave to the television and pre-amp. That feature enhances both the visual and audio elements of the output. The audio, not so critical in the case, delivers an unusually wide-ranging and revealing performance as one would expect from a musician. Its precision is equally revealing of film tracks.
Readers with alternative equipment will have to interpret this review bearing in mind their own equipment and its comparative advantages and disadvantages.
The disc offers purchasers with suitable replay equipment a substantial improvement over the previous DVD
This BD is a transfer from a good quality original source and has responded well to the upgrade and is well worth considering
This movie is beatifull, really parisian. Audreay Tatou staring Amélie is a gorveous French actress and Matthieux Kassovitz staring Gino is great as well. The music by compositer Yann Tiersen are beautifull and give a lot of charm to the movie. You will laugh and cry. One ofmy favourite movie ever. I went to see it at the cinema in France in 1997 a d have watched it se eral times since. Ihighly recommend it.
I hope my review will be helfull and will decide you to wether or not purchase this beautifull French movie.
'Amelie' has been well reviewed elsewhere so there is no need for me to describe the storyline. What I can say is that you do not need to be a lover of French Cinema, nor a female, nor have pretentions to being an intellectual to absolutely enjoy this film. It is escapism at its finest all tied together with humour, intrigue, and a cast of characters who are easily identifiable in our own lives.
This is a film best enjoyed on a wet Sunday afternoon or curled up lazily with a partner in the evening. There is no violence, no trickery or trendy soundtrack, there is no sex, although there plenty of romance. It is just the finest stories, beautifully and believeably acted and intertwined and is guaranteed to leave you feeling uplifted but somewhat disappointed that the film had came to the end.
Buy it once and be prepared to either curb your enthusiasm and say nothing about it to your friends and family, or be prepared to buy it time and time again. Watch your own copy every few months or so and find something in 'Amelie' that you had missed before.
Nominated for 5 Oscars, this French phenomenon has taken the world by storm with its bright colourful conceptual appeal and has been classed as one of the best feel good movies ever created.
Looking at IMDB'S top 250, it is the highest ranking feel good movie on there, with perhaps the odd exception of it's a wonderful life and this definitely deserves its place.
France has delivered some rare but noticeable films over the last ten years. Just a few years ago Tell No One was adapted from American Harlan Coben's best selling thriller to dominate fans across the world. A unique suspenseful masterpiece that put American's and Britain's to shame with stunning cinematography and unique approach to the action genre, and Amelie does the same for the comedy genre.
Over the last few years comedy has generated into over exaggerated spoofs with no heart, which Disaster Movie and the Scary Movie franchise can justify. So this 2001 release is a smash in the park, a break from the norm that is evidentially timeless.
The story resolves around the friendless Amelie, a smart girl wishing for a bit more. With ideologies of friendship, love and isolation this fulfils the real life aspect but generates some smart comedy thanks to its wondrous central protagonist.
From the cheeky nods towards the camera, to the smart flowing sneakiness to give the grocer his just desserts, Amelie depicts real life with a nod towards fantasy with some bizarre instalments. When the lamp comes to life, when the photo starts talking and when the glasses start rocking in the restaurant anyone who likes smiling will do so for the remainder of the film. The cheeky nature of the central character with the conceptual depiction of real life motives questions the fabrications of day to day activities. Such as love and happiness, a particularly wonderful sentiment the writers and directors are keen to preach. This is where Audrey started her career and it is a fine noticeable performance.
As the film starts we see Amelie as a young girl growing up with the narrator explaining her loneliness and vulnerability, with a little slice of bizarre imagination. Initially this is weird but this is some of the finest character development that I have ever taken note of.
Everything fits together for the character as she seeks her purpose in life when older. Its no coincidence there was an Oscar nod for Best Writing.
When everything comes together it makes for a wonderful watch and as well as the writing and central acting, there is some fine visual set ups. The trick in the park with the blue arrows is sublime, whilst the whole business in the train station come the end is well shot. Not to mention a diverse and feel good bike ride will make you smile.
In "A Hundred Movies You Should See Before You Die" this is in the top ten. If you die without seeing this then what a huge void in your heart there must be!
The new 2 disc DVD version contains a second disk, with the normal trailer and 'making of' feature. It also contains a section of 'out-takes' of Audrey Tautou and this is certainly worth watching.
In summary a loving crafted film from director Jean-Pierre Juenet that will certainly become a classic.
If only for tips on how to make love in the (unisex) toilet of a Montmartre bar with only a frosted glass door between you and....
Good feelgood movie. Nice shots, nice settings with that little bit extra. The second disc is good, too, if you like Paris and the locations.