Wednesday, February 9, 2011

229. Amelie (2001)


Nino is late. Amelie can only see two explanations. 1 - he didn't get the photo. 2 - before he could assemble it, a gang of bank robbers took him hostage. The cops gave chase. They got away... but he caused a crash. When he came to, he'd lost his memory. An ex-con picked him up, mistook him for a fugitive, and shipped him to Istanbul. There he met some Afghan raiders who too him to steal some Russian warheads. But their truck hit a mine in Tajikistan. He survived, took to the hills, and became a Mujaheddin. Amelie refuses to get upset for a guy who'll eat borscht all his life in a hat like a tea cozy.

The imagination and visual mastery of Jean-Pierre Jeunet combine with the overwhelming adorableness of Audrey Tautou to create one of the most mind-blowing, original pieces of film art of the twenty-first century. I usually say, "if you don't like this film, then you just don't like movies", but for this one it goes a little more like this: If you don't like this film then you either can't read, are you are just a sad, lonely person and I'll wish on the next shooting star that I see that love enters your heart so that you can appreciate how beautiful life can be.

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