- Jean-Pierre Jeunet
- Reviewed by
- a.k.a. Jacinda
- Review date
- Monday, August 27, 2001
Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a shy young woman that grew up in isolation from other children. One day destiny decides that Amélie should give up her solitude to step out into the world. Through her vivid imagination she starts to straighten out other people’s lives. When Amélie meets Nico (Mathieu Kassovitz) she believes to have found her soul mate. Step by step she tries to win over his heart.
I do not want to give away further details of the story. Amélie’s universe is filled with odd characters and weird incidents. Magic is the word that describes Amélie best. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s visual style is something you have to experience for yourself. There are no limits to his creativity. He surprises us with breath-taking special effects every other minute. This is a combination I have never seen before.
The movie has a fairy tale feeling to it but it is also a modern story of the city. Paris takes on an important role while the musical score creates a lovely and incomparably French atmosphere. Jean-Pierre Jeunet collected all sorts of weird anecdotes and stories over the years. The idea of Amélie made it possible to combine them in one fabulous movie. Hardly is there a movie which is capable of capturing the essence of life in such an enchanting way. It is pure joie de vivre sparkling in Amélie’s eyes.
Audrey Tautou is a genuine find. She captures Amélie’s astonishment at the world in a magnificent way. There is such an incredible warmness to her character – especially in the scenes in which she tries to attract Nico’s attention. Amélie never feels like a weirdo, we rather find pieces of ourselves in her.
Amélie from Montmartre is not just a movie, it is a one-of-a-kind experience. A timeless classic that will possibly change the way you see the world!
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