Amélie is a film about a young girl who lives alone in the city of Paris. She had a tough childhood, with her mother dying at a young age and her father keeping her secluded from society; thus, she rarely has any contact with other people. As she gets older, she still has minimal contact with others, and spends her days working as a waitress. She, however, develops a passion of helping others, and is seen throughout the movie doing small acts of kindness that affect the lives of those around her. The film illustrates her passion of helping others, as well as her struggle towards finding herself and working towards trying to make herself happy.
I really enjoyed this film, because it illustrated the importance of making others happy, while also focusing on what makes yourself happy. Through helping others, Amélie was able to realize that she also needs to focus on herself and do what makes her happy. It was sad to see how she was so reserved as a result of the way her parents over-worried and kept her isolated, and it was interesting to see how that affected her adult life and the way that she treated others. However, I enjoyed watching Amélie’s awkward interactions, and her strategic methods of making the people around her happy, as well as her intricate plans that seemed to always work in the end, such as how she won over the man she was in love with. It was also really nice to see an independent and self-aware female protagonist, who was strong-willed and went after what she wanted.
One of my favorite parts of this film was that it took place in Paris. However, instead of focusing on landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, as do most other films that take place in Paris, it shows Montmartre, which is another part of Paris. Because I have never seen other areas of Paris other than the famous tourist areas, it was really nice to be able to see the beauty and livelihood of this area. The film did a great job of depicting daily life in this area, and I loved being introduced to this new culture that I was previously unaware of.
I also enjoyed to see her quirky plans and how they all seemed to work out in the end. The back and forth scavenger hunt with the guy she liked was very interesting.
I too caught on to how Amélie loved helping others like she did with her dad, the lady who lost her husband in her apartment and the stalker guy from the cafe. I also liked that it didn't focus on the main tourist spot of Paris that we see in American movies all the time, but more the part where normal people are living.
I like that you touched on the fact that the film took place in Paris. I think this set the atmosphere for the film.
Amelie is a film about a girl that had her mother die at a young age, and her father then secluded her from the real world. She is very introverted and has some social awkwardness to her, but throughout the film she tries to gain love or happiness. In the span of finding that she makes others happy as well.
The argument I saw throughout the film, was that life is short and you should enjoy every moment of it. Go explore the world, find love, find hobbies and interests and just enjoy life.
This film is very much like how we discussed the difference of french and american movies. It had a few interesting and a bit weird scenes than those that you would see in american films. It contained a different form of humor but, was still enjoyable. Regardless, I feel it was quite different from usual movies shown here. You can see the culture of the French in the movie with the way they portray Amelie’s life.
It was a good movie and the plot definitely surprised me because it was not the typical movie I would watch yet, it kept me engaged the whole time. I would recommend the movie to others because although it was strange, it was interesting to watch.
I agree with you in how the movie was different from any normal movie that I usually watch. There is a difference in American and French movies that we saw from the humor to different scenes that we just wouldn't normally see in American movies.
I would also recommend the movie because it was strange and not everyone can have this experience through this perspective.
The film Amelie is about a girl who never really had any friends or family supporting her. Because she has been on her own so much, she makes up scenarios in her head about her life so it seems more exciting than it is. When she finds a mysterious photo album, she falls in love with who she thinks this man is. She makes lots of different scavenger type activities to see and learn more about her mystery man while asking about him around town. For me this movie was very hard to follow so I think the message the director was trying to say was that true love still does exist. No matter if you grew up with lots of friends or even no friends, you can still find your one true love in life. This movie shows a lot what the normal working class french are like, and I enjoyed seeing more of the normal life of the french. I’m not sure what city this is supposed to be set in but it’s exactly how I pictured french cities with the old brick streets and the less modernized houses. I was not the biggest fan of Amelie. I thought it was strange and very hard to follow at times because of the storyline changing so much. After I watched the film I decided to look it up on Rotten Tomatoes and it turns out that 89% of people loved it and that it was supposed to be a comedy. I’m not sure if all of these people were french or not but I can’t say I loved the film. Maybe it could be because French comedy is much different from American comedy but I most likely won’t be watching this again.
I agree in that the movie was pretty hard to follow. But it all came together really nicely in the end!
This film is about an young introvert who is unsupported throughout her childhood because her mom passed at a young age, and her dad secluded her from the outside world. Due to the little contact she had with others throughout her life, she had to really work at interacting with other. She developed a love for helping others through her job as a waitress as she searches for her own happiness. I didn’t love this film, but I thought it was okay. It was hard for me to follow the director’s message and the hidden meaning in Amelia. I believe the author may have been trying to portray that everyone has their own version of happiness and that a small gesture can go a long way. I think it was emphasized that every little moment counts and that you should make the most of them. I liked that there was an emphasis on self happiness, but I thought many scenes were awkward as there were different transitions between american and french culture in the movie. I think it followed the “traditional” french and american culture that is stereotyped. I support that Amelia is an independent lead who focused on her own happiness. I was engaged throughout the movie, but I had a hard time following all of the details. I thought it was extremely different and a film that others should see to experience this perspective.
I liked your comment about how every little moment counts and that you should make the most of them. I thought that this was an important theme in the movie, as Amelia takes advantage of these little moments in order to make others happy.
Amelie is about a women who grows up alone with only her father and mother due to not being able to make friends easily. Amelie starts to preform random and anonymous acts of kindness for strangers. This allows her to be able to connect with them in a new way. She allows herself to find a man whom she falls for and uses most of the film searching for.
I think the director's message is to be brave and put yourself out in the world because you never know what will happen until you try it.
This film showed a new way on the french's humor. They make clever comical jokes without cracking a punchline which is more common in the american culture.
I think that this is a film that everyone should watch and enjoy. The story line and the soundtrack is wonderful.
In this film a young women who had little support throughout her life grows up to introverted and very observant with quite the imagination. Due to her being so observant Amelie finds herself helping other by returning lost objects to them. She also helps people with their love life and even finds a relationship of her own. I believe the statement the director was trying to make with this film was that even though someone went through a harsh past they too can find happiness. Whether it'd be helping others, finding love, both or neither of those things everyone can find their own happiness.I have seen this film before in a past french class and it was confusing to me at first but is now easier to understand. The humor in this movie is different to humor that we see here in America, and it changed the way I viewed France and French culture in day to day life. I enjoyed this film even though it was difficult to understand at some points, however it was very unique and different to what we are used to in America and I would definitely recommend this movie to fellow French learners.