Monday, January 25, 2010

#34 Amélie: Quinze!

2001. dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Serge Merlin. French with subtitles.

Seen it before? About 3/4 of it.

It's a whimsical comedy, sort of? Audrey Tautou plays the titular Amélie, who lives in Paris and has an active imagination. She works at a restaurant with an assortment of neurotics and weirdos. Actually the whole movie is like that; everyone is quirky, and the narrator will tell you all of their quirks. There's not really much of a plot. Amélie decides to start helping people (well, most people; not the verbally abusive grocery store guy. She decides to mess with him in hilariously subtle ways.) She becomes infatuated with a guy who picks up discarded bits of photos from a photo booth, but she's too chicken to seal the deal, so she makes him chase her for about half of the movie...

It's all very cutesy. It takes place in this sort of over-saturated colorful storybook version of Paris. Having never been there I can't say how realistic any of it is, but I'm guessing "not very". It's very amusing, with lots of little random goofy scenes, but I don't think it needs to be 2 hours long. It has the effect of eating an entire box of Pixie Stix in one shot.

Position on the list: 44
Favorite little random diversion: Amélie imagines what happened to photo booth guy... He becomes a Mujahideen?

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