Amélie

Amélie ★★★★½

She doesn't relate to other people. She was always a lonely child.
-Amélie Poulain

The last movie Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed before Amélie was Alien: Resurrection. I just thought that needed mentioning. I can't stay mad at Jean-Pierre for Resurrection anymore after watching Amélie.

It's a film that's made out of cotton candy, rainbows and happiness and it's made for adults. The plot, when examined, is flimsy and exists in a fictitious Paris that probably never existed. It's hard to hold that against it though, because Amélie is also one of the best examples that a film can most certainly be art.

Most often then not the film looks like a painting. You can pick several scenes that have a distinct color palette with one splash of contrasting color in a corner or background. Even when you notice that everyone in the cafe is wearing some sort of green or matching color it still somehow seems natural. As if in this universe these sort of things just happen and there's no questioning it.

Of course the entire film works because of Audrey Tautou. It's near impossible to think of anyone else pulling off the character Amélie with the perfection of Tautou. Having her breaking the fourth and looking straight into the camera at the viewer with her big doe eyes full of innocence thought lost in this generation never gets tiresome or annoying in the film. It's the perfect marriage of character and actress as I can't help but think that Tautou spends her spare time doing good deeds for strangers while sometimes dressed as Zorro.

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