Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain)

What is it?

The 2001 French romantic comedy film Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain (Amélie) which was directed by the director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and stars the actress Audrey Tautou (Audrey Justine Tautou) as the main character Amélie Poulain:

What is it about?

One day a shy introverted kind imaginative woman living in Paris, France finds some old items from many years hidden in her apartment that belonged to someone who used to live in her apartment, she decides to track down the owner of the items and return them to this person, and this inspires her to go around helping people in unique ways and along the way she finds a man who(m) she falls in love with.

This is how Rotten Tomatoes describes this movie:

One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn’t attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life.

Her mother Amandine (Lorella Cravotta) died in a freak accident when Amelie was eight, and her father Raphael (Rufus) had limited contact with her, since his presence seemed to throw her heart into high gear.

Despite all this, Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature.

When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting and she decides it’s time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the cafe.

Amelie starts by bringing together two lonely people — Georgette (Isabelle Nanty), a tobacconist with a severe case of hypochondria, and Joseph (Dominique Pinon), an especially ill-tempered customer.

When Amelie finds a box of old toys in her apartment, she returns them to their former owner, Mr. Bretodeau (Maurice Benichou), sending him on a reverie of childhood.

Amelie befriends Dufayel (Serge Merlin), an elderly artist living nearby whose bones are so brittle, thanks to a rare disease, that everything in his flat must be padded for his protection.

And Amelie decides someone has to step into the life of Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), a lonely adult video store clerk and part-time carnival spook-show ghost who collects pictures left behind at photo booths around Paris.

Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain received unusually enthusiastic advance reviews prior to its French premiere in the spring of 2001, and was well received at a special free screening at that year’s Cannes Film Festival.

~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Why do you like it?

I liked Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain (Amélie) because it was a whimsical adventure of a shy quiet introverted kind creative imaginative woman who I could relate to living in a somewhat fantasized version of Paris, France, I loved Audrey Tautou’s performance and her character Amélie Poulain and her smile and her big brown eyes, I liked some of the magical moments where the music and scenes went together well, and the film gave the viewer an idea of what life can be like for someone like Amélie as she struggles with isolation/shyness/anxiety/being introverted/et cetera while trying to deal with other people and deal with falling in love.

Why would someone else like it?

I think that other people will like Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain (Amélie) because of Audrey Tautou’s performance and her character Amélie Poulain and her smile, the somewhat fantasized version of Paris, France, the whimsical and unique nature of this film, how this film is not like your usual romance comedy film, and how some parts of this film can just make you smile and feel happy/good.

Final Thoughts

Years ago when my family and I would visit the city of LC we would sometimes stop at a Target store, and when I would walk past the electronics department in the film/movie section I would always see a unique colorful DVD case with a colorful green background with an extra cover over it with an opening that showed the face of a woman with very pale whitish-color skin with short black hair smiling with a unique friendly/something else that I can not describe smile while looking back at me.

This DVD case would always get my attention because of the unique case and colors and the woman’s unique friendly/whatever/welcoming smile and how it would look like she was looking at you with her big eyes drawing your attention and I would look at the DVD case and it would probably bring a smile to my face, I saw that it was a French film that seemed to have a lot of positive reviews from critics, but the DVD was probably a bit expensive so I never did buy it but it always caught my attention when I visited this store so I would glance at it each time that I walked by.

That DVD case was for the film Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain (Amélie).

Years later on Facebook (Fakebook) or Myspace (back when I still had an account on both of those services) I saw that my former female classmate MW had this film listed as one of her favorite films, and so I decided that I should finally watch this film because I had been curious about watching it for years.

I went to Blockbuster to rent the film because it was hard to find and my local library probably did not have it, I rented it and I finally watched it, and I liked it and I put it on my list of favorite films; and it was one of the last if not the last films that I rented from Blockbuster before they went out of business.

I liked and related to the character Amélie Poulain, from parts of her personality to her imagination and to her struggles with shyness and love et cetera, and so I recommend watching Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amélie Poulain (Amélie).

The end,

-John Jr

By John Jr

Hello, I am John Jr, welcome.

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