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Amelie (Soundtrack)

Amelie Review
Directed By: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta and Claire Maurier.

Nominated for 5 Academy Awards...Best Picture foreign but not Best Picture...sad. Check out our Academy Award 2002 Nomination Page here!

Synopsis: Amelie is a young Paris waitress who discovers an old box of childhood treasures hidden beneath her apartment floorboards, anonymously returns it to its rightful owner and watches from a distance as his life is transformed by the discovery. Thus begins her odyssey: a series of inventive plans to straighten out other people's lives.

This is one of those rare films that everyone should far the best film of 2001 and bound to be Oscar yourself a favor. Go See It...before I post my review which will be chastising you for missing it so far!

Okay, I will leave my little rant above because it was heartfelt and out of place for me. I have yet to see Lord of The Rings and a few of the other late Oscar entries trotted out by the studios this time of year but so far I have yet to see anything that has grabbed my eyes and mind as much as this film has.

This woman, this Audrey Tatou who plays the lead Amelie is a discovery. She is Audrey Hepburn, she is impish and charming and can do more with a smile or a step than I have seen on film in years. However, this is the only film I have seen from said actress so some of the credit may be due it's equally brilliant director. Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of such dark and fascinating movies as Delicatessen and City Of Lost Children has made a magical fairy-tale seem possible in 'real' life.

In a small city where no one person can seemingly relate to another it inadvertently falls to Amelie to let people discover their hidden joys, obsessions, faults and more in such unique ways that to describe them would ruin them.

When the film starts, with a swift and guiding narrative one may begin to wonder what all the fuss was about...let the movie take you. The narrator gives so much history and back story so quickly that one fails to realize how much they have picked up until the pay-offs on story and jokes come so much later.

And that smile. That smile is worth a star on it's own. A rare five star film.

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:

Special Features:
Audition footage from the cast
Interviews with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet " the cast
Making of Amelie, Storyboard comparisons

Video: original 2.35:1 aspect ratio

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 French with English subtitles

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