Monday, June 16, 2008

Amélie (2001): Netflixin 6/15/08

  • Why I rented it: I just got back from Québec and am in a French mood (notice how many times I've used the é already! Très bien! Both directions, tee hee!) Occasionally I'm in the mood for an artsy foreign movie. It's by the guy who made The City of Lost Children and Delicatessen. According to Netflix's persistent reminders for the past six+ months, it's a movie I'll LOVE!
  • Verdict: 8/10. Maybe I did (lower-case) love it. Time will tell. Impish is a good word for the movie...quirky, dark humor like Jeunet's other movies, this time set in an at least somewhat real world. Great cinematography, beautiful soundtrack, especially la Valse d'Amélie. Amélie is sometimes too cute for the movie's own good, but the more I watched it the more I realized that that's the point. It's a movie that dares you to hold on to your cynicism. Sweet, winsome, and poignant.

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