Thursday, November 19, 2009

Amelie (2001)

The 2001 French Film, Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulin or Amélie for short, was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (of City of Lost Children fame) and stars Audrey Tautou in the title role. The film takes a whimsical look at the life of a waitress at a French Café who takes it upon herself to improve the lives of all those around her, but her own overwhelming shyness may just prevent her from discovering true love for herself.

The story of Amélie plays out as a modern day fairy-tale, with elements of magical realism. The year of its release, Amélie took home several top movie honors, including four César awards (the French equivalent of the Oscars). The soundtrack for this movie was composed by Yann Tiersen.

In one of the movie’s more famous sequences, Amélie leads a blind man through a crowded marketplace, describing the sights and sounds all around them. Amélie incorporates stunning camera work and non-traditional narrative techniques and a great cast of actors bring to life a

warm and funny script.

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