Thursday, June 3, 2010

Movie of the Week - Amelie

This week’s movie is Amelie (2001).

The French film is about a young girl who is a little strange due to a sheltered upbringing. One day she decides to start helping people and in the process she comes to realize she is alone and is just in need of help and love. The film is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (one of the great auteurs of the last two decades) and he put together one of the best technical crews ever to work on the film. Every aspect is brilliant, from Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant’s lovely script full of humor and emotion and Yann Tiersen’s memorable and fantastic score, to the visual brilliance and illumination of Bruno Delbonnel’s cinematography and Aline Bonetto’s production design, mixed with Herve Schneid’s interesting editing. The film is a perfect collaboration between the filmmaker and other artists on the project (as well as being my favorite film). The cast is also wonderful, headlined by Audrey Tautou’s star making performance as Amelie Poulain. What makes the film great and one of the best of the last decade is its quirkiness, its beautiful sense of the artistic nature of the medium and the emotion it evokes in the viewer. It is a splendid film to say the least. Check out the trailer.

Amelie [Blu-ray/DVD]

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