Since I started doing this movie review thing I'm amazed at how many foreign films have been submitted. Not that this is a bad thing, but most people I know aren't into overseas films, cause they either a) hate reading subtitles, b) are perplexed by the often times different techniques and plots, or c) they're huge fans of Michael Bay.
Amelie is a movie I've heard of many times as you can find it in the DVD collection of most females. I've seen the cover many times, but never actually took the time to sit and view it.
Laced with amazing visuals Amelie tells the story of a cute meek girl who's normally prone to somewhat eccentric behavior, but filled with a good heart if not a great brain. After a moment of clarity while thinking about her own mortality Amelie decides to do have adventures with the people in her life. Her various deeds include matchmaking, standing up for the underdog, and helping her father realize his dream. All acts are deceptive, but brave and good natured and often times funny.
Soon Amelie takes such clever antics and applies them to her love life. Trying to meet her soul mate, who's an eccentric man who collects discarded photo booth pictures, she crafts devious ways for him to follow clues to find out who she is. The man is a strange one, but a romantic at heart and follows the map to find the mystery woman.
Sure the plot is simple and the devices may seem far fetched, but Amelie is a touching story of a young woman's search for happiness given her sheltered soul. The subplots are well done as every character no matter how minor is interesting if not highly amusing. This film is one of the few foreign films to really become a huge hit in North America. Entertaining and visually impressive I highly recommend this to anyone who may still believe that joy is still possible in a world of anger and bitterness.
Thanks to WIGSF for submitting this.
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