I wanted to watch this movie after seeing a review of it on TV, (I was fascinated by Amelie’s eyes in the poster promoting the film). I have always liked the nostalgic, deep intelligent themes surrounding french films, and this was no different.
We are introduced to the young introvert Amelie as a child whose father blames her for the passing of her mother, as a result she keeps herself to herself, and day dreams from her distance father, and absent mother.
We fast forward to the adult Amelie who is cordial but alone, and makes friends with other misfits in society, one a charming elderly loner, who although grumpy Amelie realises his grumpiness is only a mask to hide his soft centre, just like her with her day dreams.
Her love interest is equalling a dreamy fellow who collects discarded pictures at the photo booth in the local station. We get to see both sides of Amelie from her friendliness with an elderly loner who gives her the necessary prompting to follow her heart’s desires, to dishing out vengeance on the local shop keeper who is a little too harsh with one of his employees.
This is a classic romantic movie, and I can see why many people liked this movie, it pulls the nostalgic strings in all of us, from the innocent childish daydreams, to the romantic games Amelie (Audrey Tatou) plays with her love interest, trying to overcome her shyness before it all passes her, it is a sweet lovely movie, with an addictive theme song, that is synonymous with many French films of this genre.
Mr D Stevens is a reviewer at Movie reviews