Amelie - Subtitled 2001

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When Montmartre-dwelling Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) discovers a hidden collection of childhood toys in her apartment and conspires to return them to their now-elderly owner, the happiness on the old man's face is enough to start her on a campaign of further good works. Thus she sends her father's gnome off on a tour of the world, begins a whispering campaign which helps her colleague Georgette find a boyfriend, and comes up with an imaginative way to stop a local grocer from being cruel to his employee. But even though Amelie brings happiness to her neighbours, she herself remains unlucky in love - that is, until she meets the handsome Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz).

Starring:
Mathieu Kassovitz, Michel Robin
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Michel Robin, Yolande Moreau, Audrey Tautou, Dominique Pinon
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 15 April 2002
Main languages French
Subtitles English
Original title Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amelie Poulain
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 56 minutes
Starring Mathieu Kassovitz, Michel Robin, Yolande Moreau, Audrey Tautou, Dominique Pinon
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 17 October 2011
Main languages French
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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96 of 98 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
A treasure of a film - a dreamlike suspended reality of a story.
I can't add more about the film that dozens of reviewrs havn't already mentioned , but I must point out the utterly beautiful cinematography of this film with gorgeous intense saturated colour and a 'hyper real' atmosphere in every shot. If you enjoy the 'lomo' style of photography you'll adore every shot of this movie - the whole film is a lomograph. The soundtrack is perfect also, matching the spirit of the film and complimenting every moment perfectly.
I must say I'm shocked by reviewers who could give this only one star, and I find it somewhat depressing. What a grey, dull, cynical world they must live in, where belief cannot be suspended for a moment and one must be locked forever into a hard unchanging reality.
As the film says, 'the times are hard for dreamers.'
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
Amelie is the enchanting story of a young Parisian woman who lives a rather solitary, introspective life. Gradually, however, she starts meddling in the lives of her neighbors and co-workers and finds that she loves doing it. She becomes fascinated by an odd young man who collects discarded instant-photos in the train station; with the use of some clever photos of herself, she finds happiness.
Two things make Amelie utterly irresistible: the outstanding script and the talented star. The French-language film is original, very funny, and intelligently written. When Amelie speaks directly to the audience, she is simply adorable. The star, Audrey Tatou, reminds you instantly of Audrey Hepburn. She is petite, perky, and irresistible. I enjoyed hearing the beautiful French spoken in the film; it added to the enjoyment of the film, making it seem lighter and more joyous. Amelie is a cute young lady who will steal your heart with her sweetness and love of life. You will leave the theatre feeling very happy.
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121 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Trelloskilos on 2 Nov. 2003
Format: DVD
The fabulous tale of Amelie Poulain is a heart-warming story of a girl who chooses to go on a mission to bring a little happiness to the people in her life, without any thought to her own. Unlike more traditional 'feel-good' movies from overseas (particularly the US), however, "Amelie" is finely crafted and has a sense of panache and flair.
Jeunet's eye for spotting rare and beautiful moments that happen around us every day, doesn't miss a trick. In 'Amelie', he reminds us of the simple pleasures that we all enjoyed as children, and forgot about as we grew into adulthood. It is this theme, more than any other that repeats constantly during the film.
The people in Amelie's world are quirky and eccentric, yet set in typical mundane lives. Everyone has a hidden wonder beneath them, and in Amelie's quest, nobody is spared. Dreams are fulfilled, lovers are united, broken hearts mended and lost treasures are reconciled with their once-jaded owners, and the clever and intricate methods by which Amelie performs her tasks will leave you smiling from ear to ear.
For instance, a scene that will stay in my heart is when Amelie helps a blind man to cross the road. As she does so, she starts describing in vivid detail, the scenes surrounding them both as they walk down a busy Parisian street. Such a simple gesture, yet handled by Jeunet, it becomes a treasured moment. The scene only lasts 10-15 seconds, but will leave you feeling warm, and almost saddened at the everyday sights that you take for granted and never notice.
All in all, the acting (Audrey Tatou in particular), is amazing, the camerawork and direction is stunning (only to be expected of Jeunet's work, such as "Delicatessen" & "City of Lost Children") and the ideas behind the film are ingenious and yet very simple.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms H Batchelor on 2 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
I saw Amelie on the big screen and I fell in love with the directors vision of romantic Paris. But I am equally enchanted with the small screen version, and I urge anyone who has been to Paris, and everyone who hasn't to see this film!
It's not mindblowing, it won't fill you with a sense of purpose for a ridiculous cause, but it will leave you with that warm fuzzy glow when you know that life can be cruel, but there ways of escape.
Because that is essentially what the film is for. It allows you to become passionatly involved with the central characters, so much so that you lose yourself for the entire duration. When you rewind the film you are left with an urge to book tickets for the Eurostar or go back to your french speaking classes, just to maintain the moment of escape.
The characterization within the film is so accurate that the characters are like dear friends or despised enemies to you.
I sum this film up, as the only film I have sat through in complete silence. I never felt the need to comment on any part of the film, good or bad, until it had finished. And then you couldn't stop me from extoling it's virtues.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Fiona on 13 May 2004
Format: DVD
This was the movie that was nominated for a lot of Oscars, but I don't think it got as many as it deserved! It is a truly beautiful movie - beautiful story, beautiful in look and effect and beautiful in narrative as well. I was truly blown away by this movie and I'm sure pleanty of other people will be too.
It's all in French with English subtitles - if you don't like subtitles then this movie isn't for you. If it was dubbed in english though it would spoil it and that would have ruined the whole movie in one sweep. The frenchness of it is an added effect for the english speaking community.
The story is basically about a young waitress trying to make other people's lives happy and succeeds in making you very happy for the 2 hours it is on. This is no a movie but a piece of art worth watching not just for the story but the pure enjoyment you could get from just watching it.
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