Monday, March 15, 2010

Le fabuleux destin d'Amelie Poulain (Movie Review)

Title : Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (in french, english subtitles)
Director : Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Release Date : 2001, April 25th
Genre : Comedy, Romance
Cast : Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
Summary : Amélie is a story about a girl named Amélie whose childhood was suppressed by her Father's mistaken concerns of a heart defect. With these concerns Amélie gets hardly any real life contact with other people. This leads Amélie to resort to her own fantastical world and dreams of love and beauty. She later on becomes a young woman and moves to the central part of Paris as a waitress. After finding a lost treasure belonging to the former occupant of her apartment, she decides to return it to him. After seeing his reaction and his new found perspective - she decides to devote her life to the people around her. Such as, her father who is obsessed with his garden-gnome, a failed writer, a hypochondriac, a man who stalks his ex girlfriends, the "ghost", a suppressed young soul, the love of her life and a man whose bones are as brittle as glass. But after consuming herself with these escapades - she finds out that she is disregarding her own life and damaging her quest for love. Amélie then discovers she must become more aggressive and take a hold of her life and capture the beauty of love she has always dreamed of.

I always want to see this movie after i read the synopsis in an Indonesian girl magazine (KawanKu if i not mistaken) and it's almost 9 years ago! Well, i finally have the time to watch it :D I know i will love this movie since the beginning. I love random things and this movie is so random. They put unrelated but good scene in the movie. They expose even tiny little thing that no one would ever care or notice, like when Amelie try to amuse herself and asking about how many people have orgasm in same time to herself. It makes this movie so unique (and perfect for me). Not much that i can say because this movie is so beautiful. Maybe some people think that this is a weird movie, but for me, this is a treasure. I really recommend you to watch this movie. Let your imagination go wild and dive into this wonderful story.

If you want to search the soundtrack of Amelie, try Yann Tiersen, he is the one who composed the soundtrack. The songs also lovely.

Favorite Song(s) : La Valse d'Amélie
Favorite Quotation(s) : - On September 3rd 1973, at 6:28pm and 32 seconds, a bluebottle fly capable of 14,670 wing beats a minute landed on Rue St Vincent, Montmartre. At the same moment, on a restaurant terrace nearby, the wind magically made two glasses dance unseen on a tablecloth. Meanwhile, in a 5th-floor flat, 28 Avenue Trudaine, Paris 9, returning from his best friend's funeral, Eugène Colère erased his name from his address book. At the same moment, a sperm with one X chromosome, belonging to Raphaël Poulain, made a dash for an egg in his wife Amandine. Nine months later, Amélie Poulain was born.
- Les temps sont durs pour les rêveurs. (Times are hard for dreamers.)
Rate : stars out of 5 stars from me


  1. old movie, haven't watch it. but the review makes me want to watch it.

  2. it's an old movie i have watch it but don't remember the story :D


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