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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tres beau.
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...
Published on 13 Aug 2005

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3.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing on blu ray
I absolutely love Amelie and its one of the few films I have on VHS, Dvd and know Blu Ray.

The quality on blu ray is fantastic but they have used the Americanised subtitles which are quite different from the Region 2 dvd. A lot of stuff is translated badly which either misses a fair bit out or is just wrong... Quite disappointing. The improvement in quality...
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86 of 87 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tres beau., 13 Aug 2005
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This review is from: Amelie [DVD] [2001] (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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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars QUIRKY BUT FULL OF GALLIC CHARM! ****, 5 Nov 2002
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Mr. N. Carnegie (Kirkcaldy, Scotland, UK.) - See all my reviews
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Amélie is the feel good whimsical romantic comedy that has broken all French box office records (around 8 million people in France alone have seen it), charmed many British audiences and is now winning lots of fans in North America. But is it any good? In short, yes. It's very good.
Don't worry about the subtitles, there's no problem in following screenwriters Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's plot. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's doe-eyed heroine Amélie (Audrey Tautou) has had a lonely childhood and an unsatisfying love life. Her father is a glum recluse, who never offered her any physical contact, warmth or love (but who cherishes his garden gnome) and her neurotic mother was killed by a suicide jumper who hit her on the way down outside Notre Dame. As a result, Amélie has become wrapped up in her dreams as a way of escaping her lonely life. By day, she waits table at a Montmartre brasserie frequented by many eccentric characters and at night, she goes home alone to a little box flat with a rear window from where she can spy on her neighbours and dream of what their lives must be like. Until one day when she discovers a box of discarded toys left behind in her apartment 40 years ago and begins a search for the man-boy who once owned them. Finding that she can make a difference to other peoples lives, Amélie's own life is given a new purpose and a new vocation but can she find love and happiness for herself?
Some critics have complained that Amélie's is a right wing exercise in nostalgia and that Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's depiction of Montmatre is too lushly perfect, whilst others have criticised it for being nothing more than a rip-off of Jane Austen's Emma. All of these criticisms are unfair (although there are obvious comparisons in the plot that can be made to Emma) and downright offensive. There is no obvious political agenda on display here and so what if the streets of Montmatre are picture postcard friendly? Amélie's Montmartre may just be a dream but it's a beautiful dream. Who cares if in the real France most people eat at Burger King or Mc.Donalds or shop at a supermarket for their groceries? Amélie's Montmartre is an enchanted place, where the water's of the canals are blue and sparkling and the scenery picture perfect.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Director of the much darker Delicatessen and City of Lost Children), has created his own universe and populated it with some wonderfully eccentric characters, thus allowing some of France's finest actors to charm their audience with a proliferation of visual humour and pseudo-philosophical dialogue. In particular, Serge Merlin, the wise old artist from across the street, conjures up magical wisdom and steals most of his scenes, as does Rufus, as Amélie's morose father. However, make no mistake this is the rather beautiful and elfin-like Audrey Tautou's movie and she captures your heart with her big doe-eyes and her mischievous smile and plays the role of Amélie to whimsical perfection.
Amélie will capture your heart; make you smile, make you laugh and send you off into the night glowing happily, with a little bit of faith and hope in life restored. We all like to feel good about ourselves and Amélie is well worth checking out for anybody who enjoys a little romance and dares to dream.
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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, Delightful, (Insert any positive adjective here), 2 Nov 2003
This review is from: Amelie [DVD] [2001] (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.
In a world where "Civilisation" is rapidly becoming just a tag-line for "Capitalism", and where the main rule seems to be "Look after number 1", "Amelie" really does do a great job of reminding us that there is a child inside us all, and that child still wants to play.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelie will steal your heart, 3 Nov 2002
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This review is from: Amelie [DVD] [2001] (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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charm personified, 25 Jun 2004
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Andy Millward (Tiptree, Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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Why do some people not like Amelie? No plot and pointless, they say. Sure, if you like action films then it might appear that the plot is thin, but to give the impression that nothing happens is absolutely wrong.
The film is the highly graphical, charming and funny journey of a shy and retiring woman towards an overriding purpose in her life, in the process of which she is able to provide solutions to the perceived problems in other people's lives, and in so doing overcomes her own terminal shyness and finds love with another eccentric soul. A saint she ain't (some of her activities verge on the Macchiavellian, especially her treatment of the cruel and abusive greengrocer), but Amelie's experience provides a suitable moral allegory for the 21st Century, a time when people seem less inclined than ever to offer mutual support.
One such puzzle wins the key to her heart - the strange torn passport photos under every photo machine in every station. A small mystery but one that helps keep the viewer captivated.
The stylised approach may jar with some people (if you've seen Delicatessen, you'll understand the off-beat approach taken by Jeunet to his work), but to do this well without distracting from the content or making a film that dates instantly requires a film-maker with skill and charisma: Jeunet has both in abundance. He exploits the space and character of Paris like few others, employs images with imagination, exploits Amelie's character without a hint of cloying sentiment that might have been ladled on, had this film been made in Hollywood.
Amelie is never less than a delight to watch - small wonder that Audrey Tatou felt in danger of being typecast after such a definitive performance. She IS Amelie to the letter, drawing the viewer into her world with beguiling effect. A hugely impressive film you'd have to be hard-hearted in the extreme not to feel better off having seen it.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need this on DVD or Video..., 23 Oct 2005
This review is from: Amelie [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
With its wonderfully surreal storyline, outstanding acting & breathtaking cinematography, "Amelie" is a "feel good" movie that achieves exactly what it sets out to do. An international hit and an instant "classic", its first ten minutes on their own rank as one of the funniest and most brilliantly executed sequences in any film.
But... for those of us unable to speak fluent French the problem is simple: the sheer speed of it's superbly witty dialogue leaves you grappling to read the subtitles and, in so doing, seriously diverts your attention away from the equally quick-paced, stunningly directed visuals. Dubbing would have helped at one level but has been wisely avoided as it would totally destroy the key feature of the film - i.e. it is, and could only be, French! The solution?... invest in your own copy. After a couple of times through (with the ever-ready option to "rewind" its more complex scenes), the memory banks take over leaving you free to relish the full impact of this quite beautiful, multi-layered work of genius.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelie encapsulates the human potential for goodness, 11 Feb 2002
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This review is from: Amelie [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
The film Amelie surpassed the cliche-ridden Rom-Com with its love of texture in life, its imaginative and wholly believable plot and characterisation.
More than mere 'feel-good' sentimentality, Amelie reached heights of humanness that are fundamental to realising authentic happiness in oneself and in and for others. The motif of being able to find wonder in the apparently mundane and commonplace was, for me, impossible to resist.
The cinematography was spectacular, the dialogue brilliant and the overall sense of joy in so-called ordinary life the film displayed, all contributed to a complete experience of film art at its best.
Amelie showed many aspects of our humanity, but revelled in those capacities that are beautiful and positive, without the attendant insincerity and improbability of tediously formulaic, so-called 'feel-good' movies.
Only a hardened cynic could fail to marvel at Amelie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!! Watch it!!!!, 8 Jan 2005
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Amelie is the ultimate feel good film and really reminds you to appreciate the little things in life which we all take for granted. This is one of my FAVOURITE movies ever, its absolutely brilliant!!!!
Basically, Amelie is a young girl who lives in Paris, she finds a small box hidden in the walls of her bathroom, with many tiny relics from a small boy who once lived in the apartment, she decides to find the man and return the box. If it makes him feel happy and nostalgic then she would continue to do good deeds to those around her. She manages to help out many people and add a bit of magic to their somewhat ordinary, everyday lives including an old man who has had to stay indoors for most of his life, a young, fragile grocer who is constantly bullied by his boss, a hypochondriact who's life seems to be run by her many "illnesses" and also Amelie's father who has persisted to build a shrine for her mother for most of his life. However, there is no one to help out Amelie when she realises she could be falling in love with a complete stranger, so she chooses to stick to her beloved stratagies to find out more about the mystery man who she had an affinity with!!
The soundtrack is also amazing, very authentically parisien!It is clever, witty and uplifting. The directing and acting is brilliant and Audrey Tautou helps to make the film so much more magical and heart-warming. It is extremly difficult to explain how good this movie is so I recommend that you see it and find out yourself!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 13 May 2004
This review is from: Amelie [DVD] [2001] (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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amelie- A film you will fall in love with, and never divorce, 2 Nov 2002
This review is from: Amelie [DVD] [2001] (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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