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  1. 1. AMÉLIE 4/23/12 9:47 AM ABOUT US | CONTACT US | ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES | RSS | SITE MAP HOME NEWS & FEATURES REVIEWS COLUMNS & BLOGS INDUSTRY GUIDES Search term(s) Save | E-mail | Print | Most Popular | RSS | Reprints ADVERTISEMENT AMÉLIE NR -By Erica Abeel For movie details, please click here. French films that find distribution here dont always cross the pond successfully. Les Visiteurs, a megahit in France, offered special effects pathetically primitive by Hollywood standards, plus too many in-jokes about the snobbery of titled nobility. The upcoming Les Destines deals at length with porcelain manufacture in Limoges, sides with monied familes over the working poor, and should appeal mainly to rabid Francophiles. In contrast, The Closet has thrived stateside because its high-concept premise--a straight wimp triumphs by posing as gay--could have issued from Hollywood, where its already acquired for remake. Its also tough to imagine American audiences not falling hard for Amlie. Directed--or rather, choreographed--with unflagging verve by Delicatessens Jean-Pierre Jeunet, it speaks the universal language of fantasy, purveying the desire to reconfigure reality by aiding the victims and smiting the villains. And it stresses the maddening role played by accident and chance in peoples lives. REVIEWS Amlie, perfectly embodied by dark, exquisite Audrey Tautou, unfurls like a zany adult fairy-tale. The first section, a revved-up account of Amlies conception and mildly traumatic childhood, acts like a shot of Film Review: adrenaline. The second section finds the grown Amlie as a waitress in a Montmartre caf, an eccentric The Lucky beauty who lives reclusively in a Paris apartment house, along with an assortment of obscure, quietly One desperate tenants (a gentler version of Delicatessens cannibalistic apartment dwellers). By chance--of Iraq War veteran course--Amlie discovers behind her bathroom wall a little boys long-vanished box of treasures. When and divorced mom she succeeds in anonymously returning it to the grown man, the gesture produces an epiphany: She are fated to fall in love in a posh adaptation of the can alter peoples lives for the better, make an impact on the world, become the patron saint of all the lonely people. Her good deeds include acting as a blind mans eyes in the street; composing letters to Nicholas Sparks bestseller. More » the blousy concierge from her dead, unfaithful husband that proclaim his love; tormenting a sadistic grocer by bollixing up his apartment. Film Review: In the third section, chance (again) triggers an encounter with Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), an equally Chimpanzee marginal fellow who clerks in a porn shop and collects discarded, glued-together photos from fotomats Chimpanzee is in an album. Amlie recognizes a soul mate. The remainder of the movie is devoted to the cat-and- Bambi for simians, mouse game she plays with Nino--which painfully captures all the missed connections of real life--as but—spoiler alert she musters the courage to seize for herself the happiness she has awarded others. —with a less trauma-inducing mother loss, A stylistic blitz, the film evokes the mystery and wonder of daily life by adopting the optic of a especially for the audience. More » precocious, slightly demented child. Examples: The opening speculates in a sort of infantile game on what a bunch of random souls in Paris are doing at that precise moment; in another section, Amlie ADVERTISEMENT conjures all the orgasms occurring citywide on a particular evening. Jeunet likes to define characters through lists, as in a she likes and she dislikes riff, with the choice of quirky yet recognizable detail, plus the visual rendering, generating humor. Jeunets freewheeling style cuts loose from the rules observed by better-behaved films. Theres the breakneck sprint of the opening, announcing that filmwise, were on terra incognita; Amelies asides to the audience; an intermittent voice-over courtesy of Andre Dussolier; animated creatures; even snippets More Reviews » of footage from Jules and Jim. The action is set in the year of Princess Dis death, an event often mentioned by the characters and featured at kiosks--so theres the teasing ambiguity of a fairy tale which is anchored in real time. No small part of the movies magic comes from Jeunets quasi-surreal image of Paris, especially the steeply stepped sections around Montmartre (much poeticized compared to the tourist trap of reality). At times, the movie evokes the mysterious Paris of signs and portents that Andre Breton created in his Summer sneak preview: Superheroes and surrealist novel Nadja. A statue looms, pointing his finger, and we wonder if its cast-iron or a street returning franchises enliven 2012 slate performer. Like other objects in the film--including a painting of a talking dog sporting a grotesque New Products at CinemaCon 2012 lampshade collar hanging over Amlies bed--everything is animate and capable of commentary. Much of Film Review: Think Like a Man Page 1 of 3
  2. 2. AMÉLIE 4/23/12 9:47 AM the film is shot in a haunting amber twilight straight out of Magritte. And composer Yann Tiersens Film Review: The Lucky One soundtrack is pitch-perfect, a mix of old Piaf-type songs, violins, accordion, melodica--a fantasy This Day in Music Advance for the week of composite of Parisian street music. April 16-22 The film could have done with some cutting: Theres a draggy, repetitious middle, with too many pranks against the grocer; too much cat-and-mouse between Amlie and Nino; some banal plot turns--but by then Jeunets wacky humor deflects criticism. Its hard to imagine more drolly drawn minor characters, such as the sour habitue of Amlies caf who seems to invite female rejection and conducts a running lament into his tape recorder. Jeunet finds poetry and humor in junk, discards (the torn fotomat photos), bric-a-brac. Amlies dad, a shut-in, builds a shrine to her dead mother which features a giant plastic gnome. To get her father to take a trip, Amlie steals the gnome, which then sends postcards of itself posing in exotic locales. In a laugh-out-loud sequence, Amlie imagines a disaster-mongering melodrama that befalls Nino (shot in documentary black-and-white) when he fails to show up for a date at her caf. The very facts of Ninos occupation and hobbies--that this is Amlies dream man--are comical. Jeunet casts a sympathetic eye on societys lesser lights, as well as its inanimate jetsam. More than just stylistic fireworks, his Amlie is the genuine feel-good article. After all, how grim can things be if a gnome can send postcards from the Kremlin? --Erica Abeel Save | E-mail | Print | Most Popular | RSS | Reprints INDUSTRY GUIDES » Blue Sheets FJIs guide to upcoming movie releases, including films in production and development. Check back weekly for the latest additions. » Distribution Guide » Equipment Guide » Exhibition Guide ORDER A PRINT SUBSCRIPTION Subscribe to the monthly print edition of Film Journal International and get the full visual impact of this valuable resource for the cinema business. » Click Here SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Page 2 of 3
  3. 3. AMÉLIE 4/23/12 9:47 AM Learn how to promote your company at the Film Expo Group events: ShowEast, CineEurope, and CineAsia. » Click Here Film Journal International News Film Journal International News - A trade publication covering the motion picture industry, including theatrical exhibition, production, distribution, and allied activities. Film Journal International, now in its 73rd year, is a trade publication covering the motion picture industry, including theatrical exhibition, production, distribution, and allied activities. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | SHOWEAST | CINEEUROPE | CINEASIA | ADWEEK Film Journal International covers key aspects of the Film Industry, from the latest Movie Reviews to all the best resources for Movie Theater Owners. Since 1934 our editorial experts cover all aspects of the Film industry, from Movie Box Office News to trends and more. For independent Cinema Owners operating in the US, Film Journal provides an inside look at Movie and Concession Equipment, from Popcorn to Projectors. For Filmmakers and industry insiders looking to distribute their works, Film Journal International provides an array of Movie and Distribution Resources, from the Blue Sheets database to Digital Cinema News. Our publication is considered one of the webs most valuable and comprehensive sources for Movie Reviews and information on upcoming Films. ABOUT US | CONTACT US | ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES | RSS | SITE MAP Film Industry Guides | Movie Reviews | Film Journal News | Major Film Releases | Movie Columns and Blogs | Movie Concession Equipment Guide | International Film - Europe | Movie News RSS | Cinema News | Film Technology and Products | Concessions Equipment News | Motion Picture News | Digital Cinema © 2012 Film Journal International. All rights reserved. Read our TERMS OF USE & PRIVACY POLICY Page 3 of 3