August 1, 2008

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Here’s another of my all time favorite movies, Amelie (hmm…wishing I could figure out how to make proper accent marks, tant pis).

Anyhoo, Amelie has all the elements I enjoy in film:

A good and believable story.  Who hasn’t dreamed of ways to bring people happiness, make others behave with kindness, or fall in love?  It is told with wit, charm, and occasionally, a sharp knife-edge!  The characters are like people we know – eccentric, obsessive, dreamers, do-gooders, and curmudgeons, all with their own flair.

Beautiful cinematography – heavens to Betsy!  The use of saturated colors, beautiful set decorations, ace camera angles all make this story a gem to behold.

Top shelf acting – every character fully embodied by the actor, no kidding.   Audrey Tautou, the adorable Matthieu Kassovitz (he looks a little like the G-man), crotchety Serge Merlin as Mr. Dufayel, “et Lady Di…” Jammel Dubbouz, to mention a few.

A fine soundtrack – Oh yes, yes, yes!  Yann Tiersen is quite good at making kiddie pianos and everyday sounds like flipping paper charming.  I also love the old French standards like “Si Tu N’etait pas La.”  I hum and sing along every single time.

Watch it and prepare to be charmed!