Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain

Filmmaking has never been as magical as in the French film Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain

Directed by Jean Pierre-Jeunet
Starring Audrey Tatou
Released by UGC France and Miramax Films
122 minutes

Every now and then I see a film that simultaneously takes my appreciation of the art of filmmaking to an even higher level, and makes me depressed that I will never be able to create something as beautiful. Rich luscious colors, beautiful and fluid composed shots, and of course the fabulous Audrey Tatou… Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain for me is what being in cinematic heaven feels like.

The film follows shy waitress Amelie Poulain (Tatou) who lives in Paris in the late nineties. Diagnosed with a heart condition during childhood Amelie has spent most of her life isolated from the world. As a result Amelie has a rich and imaginative fantasy life yet forming real relationships with people is extremely difficult for her.

As the world is obsessed with the recent death of Lady Diana, Amelie finds purpose in her life when she makes the decision to bring joy to random strangers through acts of kindness. Amelie isn’t simply a cute as a button Parisian though, as she helps others she also is enacts elaborate revenge plots over men who are cruel to her or people she cares about.

Whether Amelie’s caring or vengeful, every moment of Audrey Tatou’s portrayal is delightful. In a star-making turn for the actress, Tatou gives Amelie a great depth and sensitivity that’s rarely seen onscreen.

Paris is a fantasy world in the film, shot in bright pastel colors and accompanied by one of the best movie soundtracks of all time by Yann Tiersen. If you never wanted to visit Paris before this film, you absolutely will want to afterwards. For all its ambitiousness with its beautiful production value the story of Amelie is actually an incredibly simple one; the importance of human connection in our lives. And that’s a beautiful thing indeed.

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