- Actors: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin
- Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
- Format: Colour, PAL, Subtitled
- Language: French
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Momentum
- VHS Release Date: 15 April 2002
- Run Time: 122 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005RH3U
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 322,012 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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).
With its use of special effects to express the main character's internal emotions, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie could have been mistaken for a French version of Ally McBeal; however, unlike Ally--"woe is me for I cannot find a man"--McBeal, Amelie is not distressed by the lack of men in her life, in fact the whole idea of sex seems to amuse her no end. Basic pleasures such as cracking the top of a Crème Brule offer her all the sensual satisfaction she needs and her existence in the "Paris of Dreams" is the stuff of fairy tales. Indeed, this cinematic treat must have worked wonders for the Paris tourist board: Jeunet's beautiful interpretation of Parisian life is depicted in all the vibrant colours you would expect from the director of Delicatessen.
On the DVD: Amelie has received an additional disc for this special edition release. Disc 1 is the same as the original single-disc release, with a choice of DTS or Dolby 5.1 sound and an 16.9 anamorphic widescreen picture with optional director's commentary. The second disc contains the new special features and, just like original disc, a lot of thought has gone into the access menu with its lavish graphics offering the choice of entering the Café, the Canal or the Station. Yet the most exciting extra in name--"Audrey Tautou's funny face"--is simply a series of out-takes which does little more than allow you to warm to Tautou as a person. The home movie includes the transformation of Tautou into Amelie and the creation of the "photo-booth album". There are also interesting interviews with Jeunet and the cast and crew, and a nice little section themed around the gnome and his travels. Along with this is a storyboard-to-screen exposition, behind-the-scenes pictures, scene tests, teasers and trailers. All in all a decent enough package, but hardly warranting the special edition label. It's hard not to wonder why Momentum didn't offer this set two months earlier. --Nikki Disney --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
If you like Audrey Tautou, I recommend "Ensemble c'est tout", which is also very good
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amelie is a French quirky character study and love story. I use the word quirky heavily because everything about this film is just full of quirks and idiosyncrasies. Read morePublished 8 days ago by The Movie Diorama
Incorrect disc inside packaging from Music Magpie. No use to me at all.Published 1 month ago by Mitch Chandler
Jumped around a lot making it hard to follow. Although acting was good there didn't seem to be much storyline, would not recommend.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I did not read on the item details that this film was in french, with english subtitles, however, it was an amazing story!Published 1 month ago by Deborah Witton
This movie is very unique. I read some negative reviews about it with people saying how they don't like how Amelie messes with peoples lives and thats why they dont like the movie... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anon