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November 27, 2013

Featured Film: Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain

by Mariah Schaefer

Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, or simply Amélie, is a 2001 French film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Nominated for five Academy Awards, the movie uniquely follows Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou), a character with a bright personality and a touching outlook on life. 

Although its running time is 123 minutes, the romantic comedy in no way feels tiring and long. In fact, one does not sense time passing while he or she watches the movie. The film is rated R and stars Audrey Tautou, Matthieu Kassovitz, Jamel Debbouze, Dominique Pinon, Yolande Moreau, and Michel Robin.

Synopsis:

Amélie has a very interesting and intriguing life. She grows up with paranoid parents who force her into a life of isolation. Because of that, she hopes to leave the family home and work in Paris. She succeeds and starts working at the Café des 2 Moulins, a café in Montmartre. At the café, the employees and regulars entertain her (and the audience). One day, after an unexpected event, Amélie decides to dedicate her life to helping others. Soon after that, as she was walking in a subway station, she notices that a man was picking up ripped photos from the ground near a photo booth. She sees him again in another station, and as he runs after a man who forgot something at the station, she follows him. He ends up dropping an album where he glued all of the ripped photos he collected, and Amélie picks it up. She agonizes over when would be the perfect time to return the album, and the story becomes even more captivating after that.

What is great about the film:

The camera angles in this movie are astounding. The angles add a lot to the story and entertain quite a bit. Another fascinating aspect of the movie is the color scheme. Most of the scenes have a red-and-green color scheme which creates a nice, touching mood.

The Centinal Rating: ★★★★★

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