Amelie (2001)

JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

Original title:  Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain

France/Germany, 2001.  , , , , , , , .  Scenario by , Jean-Pierre Jeunet, dialogue by Guillame Laurant.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2001.  Golden Globe Awards 2001.  Independent Spirit Awards 2001.  National Board of Review Awards 2001Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2001.  Toronto International Film Festival 2001.  

Fans of unapologetically whimsical stories will adore this pitch-perfect French romance from Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the director behind Delicatessen and Alien Resurrection. Amelie, an introverted young woman who lives in the classic Parisian lifestyle of her mind’s own design, has her emotions put to the test when a photo-booth-snapshot enthusiast captures her fancy. Wholeheartedly meddling in the happiness of others but skilfully avoiding her own, Amelie circumvents her destiny to the extreme until it’s finally time to give in. couldn’t be more beguiling in the lead, her delicate smile and wide eyes perfectly complementing the striking photography and scintillating visual stylistics that Jeunet is careful to never overuse. The film’s incredible popularity with every festival audience it has played to (including the Audience Award at the Toronto International Film Festival) plus its box-office success in France is proof that we’re all hopeless romantics at heart.

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