Thursday, November 18, 2010


Most of the foreign films I've seen are depressing and downbeat (The Seventh Seal, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), so it's not that often that a foreign film I see is lighthearted. Then there was Amelie.

Amelie (Audrey Tatou) is a shy waitress in a Montmarte cafe. After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment and seeing the effect it has on him, she decides to set out on a mission to make others happy and in the meantime pursues a quirky guy who collects discarded photo booth pictures.

This is a refreshing break from the melancholiac foreign films I've seen beforehand. Tatou is enjoyable to watch. Again, most foreign films revolve around death (and occasionally sex). Not Amelie; it's about how to live life to the fullest.

My Rating: *****


  1. J'adore this film, its sweet and visually impressive with a gorgeous soundtrack. Like you say it makes a change from the more traditional foreign films where life usually sucks and then you probably die.

  2. I love this movie! I'm so glad you watched it and enjoyed it.

  3. An absolutely brilliant film, definitely one of the best of the last decade. Everything from the super-original story to Tatou's acting to the lovely characters to the iconic cinematography is just genius! Must Watch!!!


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