Amélie ★★★★★

One of the most adorable, original & sweetest films ever made, Amélie (also known as Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain) is a beautifully crafted, exquisitely narrated & gorgeously rendered tale about the simple things in life that usually are far more valuable than we deem it to be and throughout its runtime, all it attempts to do is to make us pause & admire those small wonders that abound around us at all times.

Presenting its peculiar story with irresistible charm & incomparable wonderment, Amélie is a celebration of life that is captured in such an inventive manner that every single frame of it is an aesthetic work of art & passion and with its insanely magical blend of all aspects, the film also triumphs as arguably the finest effort to come out from French cinema & is accomplished enough to rank amongst the greatest films of not just the decade it belongs to but all time.

The story of Amélie follows its titular character; an innocent, young & extremely shy woman in her early twenties who, after making a surprising discovery in her apartment one day & using it for a certain good deed which pays off immensely well, dedicates herself to helping others find joy & happiness in their own lives in the most unexpected yet delightful manners while struggling with the isolation of her very own life.

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who incorporated chapters of his very own life into the film, Amélie is brought to life in a style that completely defies conventions from beginning to end. Throughout its runtime, it ponders on moments that seem irrelevant to the narrative at hand yet without those little snippets, this wouldn't be the same film for they add a great deal of sweetness to the picture & this level of unusualness is present in almost every aspect.

The screenplay is equally marvellous with best parts being how it opens the story, introduces all its characters, paces the narrative & keeps it all glued together. Cinematography in itself is a heartwarming delight that exhibits rich, resonant & remarkable use of colour palette that captures Paris in stunning detail & vividness. Editing provides a perfect pace to the whole film and although its 122 minutes of runtime sounds fair, I wish this splendid beauty never ended.

Coming to the performances, Audrey Tautou as Amélie Poulain is adorable beyond belief & effortlessly manages to win hearts with her extraordinary performance. Beautifully capturing the innocent, naive & shy nature of her character, it’s impossible to imagine someone else playing this role because Audrey turned out to be the very definition of Amélie as if she was born to play her. The immensely cute Flora Guiet also deserves a mention for she was equally amazing as young Amélie.

And last but not the least is Yann Tiersen's mesmerising score which seamlessly integrates into the narrative to further elevate the joyous, cheerful & pleasant ambience present in the feature and, together with other aspects, effortlessly succeeds in transcending its viewers to an otherworldly experience for 2 hours. The storytelling is unique, the performances are superb, the music is powerfully evocative, the direction is simply impressive craftsmanship, and because of all that, it's safe to say that this film delivers on all fronts.

On an overall scale, Amélie is a celebration of selfless good deeds, the joy of little things, the satisfaction one gets in making a person smile and how our actions can really inspire & change someone’s life forever. A whimsical journey & a life-altering drama that remains one of the most heartening & gratifying film experiences of my life, this is one masterpiece that left me smiling like a maniac unlike ever before & I really mean it when I say that "Without Amélie, today's cinema would be the scurf of yesterday's". One hundred percent recommended.

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