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  1. 1. Oscar J BuendiaFilm History 2Dr. MirrerApril 23, 2012 AmelieFilm Slug:Amelie - 2001Comedy/Fantasy/RomanceDirector- Jean-Pierre JeunetWriters- Guillaume LaurantStars- Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz and RufusStoryline:Amélie is a story about a girl named Amélie whose childhood was suppressed by herFathers mistaken concerns of a heart defect. With these concerns Amélie gets hardly anyreal life contact with other people. This leads Amélie to resort to her own fantasticalworld and dreams of love and beauty. She later on becomes a young woman and movesto the central part of Paris as a waitress. After finding a lost treasure belonging to theformer occupant of her apartment, she decides to return it to him. After seeing hisreaction and his new found perspective - she decides to devote her life to the peoplearound her. Such as, her father who is obsessed with his garden-gnome, a failed writer, ahypochondriac, a man who stalks his ex girlfriends, the "ghost", a suppressed young soul,the love of her life and a man whose bones are as brittle as glass.
  2. 2. Amelie is French film that is very creative and artistic. The film brings comedyand humor into film very early on as it later develops into a love story. The maincharacter Amelie is very lively in the film and her expressions are mainly through bodylanguage, she goes from shy to being a more extroverted person. The film overall hasvery good cinematic shots and ideas. American’s have always had a problem with foreignfilms and that is because they have sub titles. This text talks about the use of color, is the film monochromatic? Or does havemany color? This film is very artistic and has many colors, bringing warmth to everyscene. The colors are essential and go hand and hand with the themes and emotions of thefilm. Amelie does this very well, and I think foreign and in particular French films arevery good at this. The film was made in 2001 and it’s based on that time period. The time isportrayed well, but what even helps out the most is the location in which the film wasshot. Since it is a French film the movie was shot in Paris, but the locations used werelarge open roads that characterize Paris, this helped give the film that warmth feeling.The time was portrayed great when Amelie found the toy box left by an old tenant who inflashbacks reminded him of winning all he marbles in his school when he was young.The showcasing of classic toys or that era was very accurate. The NY times article on Amelia gives the director praise because of the hypnoticsense of humor that it carries throughout the film. Also the article goes through theimportance of the city of Paris being the perfect location for the film, and how the colorshelp capture the characters emotions at different scenes. In the journal article it talks about Amelie finding her soul mate Nino who is a
  3. 3. marginalized fellow as well. The article goes into more detail talking about the editingand cutting of the film, saying that they could’ve done a better job because the middlegets a bit draggy and certain parts with pranks could’ve been taken out. The article givesthese suggestions that could’ve made the film better, but I believe the film is fine the wayit is. To me that’s just the style of the film. Amelie in my opinion was a pretty good film, I enjoy films of that style because itallows the mind to dream. The director does a great job in creating a romance, andmaking sure that she casted actors who had great chemistry together. Foreign films andspecial French films don’t usually transition well into America, but this film has capturedthe American public and continues to do so and honestly there is a reason for it. It simplyjust a masterpiece in the art of Film.