Friday, December 9, 2016

Now on Netflix: Amelie (2001)

Amelie movie poster
Amelie (2001) – Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Written by Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Guillaume Laurant; Cinematography by Bruno Delbonnel; Starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Clotilde Mollet, Claire Maurier, Isabelle Nanty, Dominique Pinon, Artus de Penguern, Yolande Moreau, Urbain Cancelier, Maurice Benichou, Michel Robin, Andree Damant, Claude Perron, Armelle, Ticky Holgado, Kevin Fernandes, Flora Guiet, Amaury Babault and Andre Dussollier.

By Kenny Howell

Audrey Tautou was already a well-known star in France before this little gem came out, but the world find out about her in this film. 

She plays the title character, a lovable, eccentric young woman that devotes her life to helping others. Amelie didn’t have a childhood really. Her father kept her sheltered because of health worries, so when she makes a connection with a man that used to live in her apartment by returning something he had lost, she becomes overjoyed and makes it her mission. That leads to meeting many unique people along the way, including one that may be the love of her life. 
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's imagination is a immense and sometimes it gets the best of him. However, with Amelie he got it just about perfect. In addition to the wonderful performance by Tautou (Therese), Jeunet made me get emotional over the loss of a goldfish. I am not sure any other director has ever done that. It's a terrific work and the best of his career. 

Amelie is now streaming on Netflix. 

Rating: ***1/2

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