1. Amelie is about a girl named Amelie and her search for love. The first part of the movie is spent giving background on why she is the way she is (odd and very much ‘in her own world’). It’s because her parents never gave her affection and her mom died when she was very young. When she grows up, she moves away and gets a job as a waitress. One day she finds a memory box in her wall and sets out to find the man who put it there; eventually she finds him and then vows to do good things for other people. She sets up two people in the shop she works at and she befriends this old man in her building. One day she sees this guy collecting pictures for his scrapbook. He runs after another man who dropped something and he, in turn, drops his scrapbook. Amelie searches high and low for this man whom she’s fallen in love with and eventfully, after a long game of cat and mouse, she finds him and they fall even more in love.
2. The moral of the story that I personally took away was to not be afraid to do things out of your comfort zone. They might be the most rewarding. Amelie just wants to admire the scrapbook man from afar but then the Glass Man (her old neighbor) convinces her that she needs to take risks. Nothing exciting ever came from sitting at home daydreaming. I like this lesson because it can apply to anyone. We all need to take chances sometimes.
3. Basically, everything we saw in the movie is stuff we already have learned, just more in-depth and practical. I heard many terms and words that we learned in class while watching. I also think this movie portrayed France well (although I’m not entirely sure, I’ve never been to France). The shops were small and everything seemed to look like what I’ve seen in pictures. Cinematically, the film is beautiful. The colors are gorgeous and the set designs were spot on.
4. I thought I’d really love this film, but after watching it I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. I still enjoyed it, but it was just a little too odd for me. I didn’t find Amelie’s character charming; she was very childish. I know that was supposed to be her appeal but I didn’t really like it that much. There were also alot of visuals and undertones that I didn’t fully understand. I liked it but I might not watch it again.
I like the moral that you got from the film, I think it does make sense, and that we all should take chances on the things we desire. I also agree with you that the colors and set were amazing. I personally like how odd Amelie is, just because I appreciate weirdness in people. It makes the world interesting.
I agree that she was definitely childish, but I think that was her best character trait. The visuals were very interesting and there was always something to look at.
1. The film is about a young girl named Amelie that makes it her mission in life to correct the wrongdoings of others. She tries to help all those she can in the people closest to her. Along the way she learns a lot about herself and falls in love.
2. I think the director was trying to make the point that you cannot let your past define you. Everybody Amelie helped was somehow stuck in their past and unable to move on. I like the direction that the director took because of how accurate it is. Nobody can be happy living their life as though only bad things happen in it. When Amelie helped the others move on, she also was able to move on.
3. I thought it was cool to see Paris portrayed in a film. Most of the American films you see show the skyline of Paris, or hint at the famous landmarks. It is uncommon to see simple streets, and the metro. When Amelie went down into the metro and gave the old man sitting there money it reminded me of my time in Paris. We road the metro many times and it looked as it does in my memories. I just thought that it was cool.
4. I really enjoyed this film, I thought it was a cute idea that was well executed and fun to watch. I would defiantly recommend this film to anybody. After they watched it I would ask what they thought because I feel it is one of those movies that you either love or hate. I learned that I am still bad at listening to French, and that meddling in other people’s lives can be beneficial to them. I was surprised when we found out that the mystery guy was the handy man, I didn’t really think about who it was while I was watching so it was surprising when his occupation was revealed. I would like to learn more about the guy who was recording what went one in the bar. It was strange to me that after hooking up with Gorgoneia he didn’t just record her but also the first lady he was recording.
I like your idea about the message that the director was portraying! It makes sense because a lot of bad things happened throughout the film, but Amelie still made the most out of her life, and she did not focus on the negatives like many other people do.
1. Amelie was about a girl that grew up in a different situation than most. She did not go to public school, so she was not used to being around people her own age. Her mother died when she was young, and her father did not interact with her as much as he probably should have. This caused Amelie to grow up with her imagination being her only friend, and only source of entertainment. As she gets older, she makes the decision to do good for as many people as she can, which causes her to make new friends, and eventually fall in love.
2. I think the director is trying to portray the message that uniqueness can make life more interesting, and you should never be anything other than yourself when you begin to fall in love/ meet someone that interests you. You have to live in the moment and make your life into what you want it to be, rather than what everyone else’s life is.
3. Again, I am struck with how similar American and French film are. I think this movie is something that Americans would watch, but it’s really cute and has a French mood. This movie further proves to me that French is a romantic language and place.
4. I really liked the movie! I thought it was really cute, and I really enjoyed how odd Amelie was. She was never afraid to be herself, and I thought her personality was charming. I also like the concept that life can be whatever you want it to be, and Amelie most definitely lived to that standard.
I think it is interesting how different all our responses to what the director was doing are. I agree with both yours and Kaity's though. Its awesome that you enjoy Amelie's uniqueness as I do. Finally, I really like the last thing you said about how life can be whatever you want, it goes with the film very well.