Amélie (Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain) 2001

Rating: ★★★★☆

When I first saw the poster for this movie at my local art house cinema, I knew I was going to love this film. By now, of course, most of you know that it stars the wonderful Audrey Tautou (He Loves Me He Loves Me Not, Priceless, A Very Long Engagement, etc.). Already a relatively well-known actress in France, this film made her world famous. Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (A Very Long Engagement, and more recently, Micmacs) starts the film off with a brilliant gag on Amélie’s beginning before taking us to present day, where she works as a waitress in a small café.
As the impish and meddling title character, Tautou takes it upon herself to change the lives of those around her, starting with her father. A widow, he dreams of travel but can’t seem to take that fabled first step. In order to give him the nudge he needs she kidnaps his garden gnome and sends it on a trip around the world (by the way, this is a gag that had its origin in Australia back in the 1980’s). Her interfering in others lives continues as the film progresses. She engineers a romance between two unhappy people in her café, and a grocer that’s being cruel to his assistant (Jamel Debbouze, Angel-A) gets his comeuppance.
This film is full of the gags that Jeunet likes to put in his movies, but the sum is much bigger than the parts, despite the mild criticism he received for showing the city of Paris in such a fantastical light. After all, Amélie is a fairy tale. There are so many delightful, quirky moments in Amélie that you’ll want to watch it over and over. Click here to buy your copy.
DVD Details:
• Actors: Audrey Tautou, Jamel Debbouze, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin
• Directors: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
• Writers: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant
• Producers: Arne Meerkamp van Embden, Claudie Ossard, Helmut Breuer, Jean-Marc Deschamps
• Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
• Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
• Subtitles: English
• Region: Region 1 U.S. and Canada only.
• Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
• Number of discs: 2
• Rated: R (Restricted)
• Studio: Miramax Home Entertainment
• DVD Release Date: July 16, 2002
• Run Time: 122 minutes
Special Features:
• The “Look of Amélie” (English) Featurette
• Fantasies of Audrey Tautou (French with English subtitles)
• Q & A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (English)
• Q & A with Director and Cast (French with English subtitles)
• Auditions — Audrey Tautou, Urbain Cancelier, Yolande Moreau (French with English subtitles)
• Storyboard Comparison
• An Intimate Chat with Jean-Pierre Jeunet (French with English subtitles)
• Home Movies – “Inside the Making of Amélie” (French with English subtitles)
• The Amélie Scrapbook — “Behind the Scenes,” French Poster Concepts
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