Friday, May 18, 2007

Amelie


Its not often that i watch a foreign film.. The idea of comprehending the movie through subtitles n video alone doesn't always fascinate me much.. However with regard to powerful movies recommended by friends/family, its always exception..

The seven samurai (1954) is a Japanese movie often aired in management classes and as part of team building sessions for its powerful presentation of victory achieved as a team.. That was the first foreign film i watched..


Amelie was recommended by a dear friend who will have a major role in my hair straightening, as she is the one who has gifted me with the straightening iron ;-)
This french movie is about an impish gamine Amelie who lives alone and works in a cafe. She is timid, yet cheerful with a child's heart..When she finds a box of toys hidden for 40 years behind a baseboard in her apartment, she's inspired to repatriate the items, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts, one after the other.
The first half of the movie is thoroughly enjoyable. Amelie's vivid imagination is hilarious and her little ways of life are amusing..However the second half may seem too childish and a bit silly..
It is a light hearted movie jarringly adult in some other ways, which in my opinion needn't have been.. Anyways, enjoyable by adults, it is daringly distinct. A celebration of life, Amelie reminds us of the small wonders that abound around us … if only we paused to look. Thanks to my friend who recommended it to me :)

20 comments:

diyadear said...

hi all,
sorry i had dsabled comments by mistake :) looking fwd to seeing ur comments again in full swing :)

MeMyself_n_I said...

hmm hven't seen the movie. but after reading your review i really wanna see it. will catch it one of these days.

Devil Mood said...

Amelie silly? No, never! I love her.

Moi said...

I love Audrey Tautou and have enjoyed all her French movies that i have seen so far....never saw her in her Hollywood avatar in Da Vinci Code and cant care abt it ......i
f u can ever get hold of the Italian BnW classic, "The Bicycle thieves" , diya....do watch it , its set in post WWII Italy and is a heart wrenching tale of a li'l boy, his dad and their bicycle.....simply told story that tugs at ur heartstrings.....

Bob-kat said...

I love this film. It is one of my favourites! I love the quirkyness. It does remind us to stop and look at the little things in life - you are quite right there!

diyadear said...

teenager,
yeah im sure u'll like it..
devil mood,
oops!! ok erase the silly ;) i loved her too.. she sure is unique n cute. :)
moi,
i did c the da vinci code..But didnt realise Amelie is the same gal.. thanks for that bit of info.. n will try to watch "the bicycle thieves " :)
B-K,
yup quirky is the word.. n i loved the narrator too.. :)

Ps said...

Sounds like a movie I'd want to watch.

Keshi said...

I've seen bits of Amelie. Only cos I cudnt sit in one place for too long :)

Keshi.

Mr. J said...

I watched be Cool this weekend. Ya feel me homey!!

diyadear said...

ps, yes ull surely like it..
keshi, watch it on ur ipod while ur jogging!! lol..
mr j,
he he. be cool...

Maddy said...

hiya - not something i hv seen...should get a hold of it one of these days...

priya said...

Will watch it girl and thanks for sharing.

Little Miss Muffet said...

i haven't seen Amelie though I've heard good reviews abt it. My fav foreign film is "Memoirs of a Geisha"...

Keshi said...

Diya I cant do that cos then I'd crash with a car or another jogger LOL!

Keshi.

DJ said...

yeah i head too that its a good movie... never got a chance to watch it though...
probably would prefer to read it if its been made from a book... :)

diyadear said...

maddy,
yes it is different. u'll like it.
priya,
hope u c it too..
muffet,
ooh. i havent seen geisha.. will c or read it..

keshi,
oops then dont u even think abt it.. cant afford an injury to sum1 as precious as u :)
DJ,
dunno if there is a book. but its the pictorisation n direction of the movie which made it spl for me.. so am not sure if book will be gud too..

Hershey said...

hadn't I commented on this post earlier???

Radha said...

Oh i loved this movie too!

diyadear said...

harshal,
glad u found out where u had commented..
radha,
:)

Lotus Reads said...

A celebration of life, Amelie reminds us of the small wonders that abound around us … if only we paused to look.

THose lines say it all, I will put "Amelie" on my Blockbuster queque one of these days!

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