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BTDesign Award
Amelie (2001)

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Claire Maurier, Isabelle Nanty, Dominique Pinon, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Yolande Moreau, Urbain Cancellier

Director(s): Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Language: French

Genre: Love / Romance


Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who glides through the streets of Paris as quietly as a mouse. With wide eyes and a tiny grin, she sees the world in a magical light, discovering minor miracles every day. A shy and reserved person whose favorite moments are spent alone skimming stones into the water, Amélie was raised by a pair of eccentrics who falsely diagnosed her with a heart problem at the age of six and so limited her exposure to the outside world. Now a free and independent... [Get complete synopsis]


motleymitch wrote on July 1, 2005, 1:41 am
A beautiful film. Surreal and quirky (but not in a lame cliched way), and aesthetically unique. It's not often I will gaze at a movie screen and unwittingly fall in love with the star, but Audrey Tautou, in this role, has got to be one of the cutest things ever to hit celluloid. I was taken from the outset, and thoroughly charmed every second of this movie. This is a sheer visual and story-telling delight, and was my fave movie of 2001. I just had a huge grin on my face through the whole viewing. Nice suppporting role from a garden gnome too.
MasterWoodsman wrote on July 1, 2005, 6:57 pm
Amazing! I actally fully agree with you on this one!

I see that now some corporation has started using the travelling gnome in their ads. Way to be original, boys!
Jefferygn wrote on July 2, 2005, 3:51 pm
Mood: Fed up with this existence.
Yessir, it's a slam dunk for the original inhabitants of that place on Lambert-Closse.

Brilliant film. I too like mitch, was charmed all the way through. Tatou was spellbinding. The film fun and tugged on the heartstrings with just the right note. Moreover, I think one of the reasons the film worked so well was that it tapped into that part of us, that likely most of us feel on some level, that we are not like everyone else, and we never quite feel like we fit into this stupid world.

Great film. Walked out in a great mood. However, (and this should please mitch), the person I saw it with at the time, while she didn't not like it, she could barely come up with more that two words to describe her pleasure. I should have known it wasn't going to last at that moment. Fucking life.
Papamikey wrote on July 4, 2005, 12:19 pm
OK, never saw it, always WANTED to see it...

And any movie that can make JEFF Happy AND Go-Lucky is in need of a good viewing!

Review pending...

Papa Mikey!
motleymitch wrote on July 7, 2005, 7:35 pm
Ah, Jeffy......you make me smile.
Who was the chick? Did she also hate James Woods?
MasterWoodsman wrote on July 7, 2005, 8:56 pm
Yeah Jeffy, spill the beans. And maybe your movie on a date routine just isn't working for ya!
billdozer wrote on November 28, 2005, 5:50 pm
Mood: Chucking to myself reading about this soap opera...
Or maybe you need to take your dates to see more "manly" movies, if you know what I'm sayin'! I mean, seriously, wasn't this flick done buy the same folks who did "Rochelle, Rochelle"?
MasterWoodsman wrote on September 30, 2005, 1:16 am
Did you actually SEE this movie?
billdozer wrote on September 30, 2005, 12:38 pm
No man, I didn't meet the minimum estrogen requirements at my local theatre, so they wouldn't let me in!!
Jefferygn wrote on September 30, 2005, 6:30 pm
I think we may have to redefine the POT-PLONT continuum. Bill Dozer's progressive comments seem to have redefined the meaning of PLONT. I suggest with such a shift, most PLONTs would now by default, through no choice of their own, qualify as POTs.

"Too much estrogen?" Wow. That's some depth there....
billdozer wrote on September 30, 2005, 6:43 pm
You ain't seen nothin' yet, Jeffery ol' boy !!!
MasterWoodsman wrote on September 30, 2005, 7:05 pm
Jeffy, you cannot promote all PLONTS to POTs, as much as you'd like to, without first conferring with the director of POT activities himself, Dr. J! It's clearly written in the charter.

However, I do understand your sentiment, but to me it only reflects the true division between the two factions: the concept of taste. To ressurect the old sterotype, POTs are snooty and stuffy individuals who look down their noses at everyone else. PLONTS are more fun-loving, carefree and accepting of others. We do not choose our members because ours is a group of people who could not be in the POT, either by choice or by exclusivity.

That being said, we do expect a certain amount of civility, like actually viewing a movie before committing it to a bomb rating! Billdozer, your rating will have long-term effects on the history of our civilization. Future generations may overlook this gem of a movie because of your careless actions. With great power (or PLONTness) comes great responsibility. Treat it with care!
atomheartmother wrote on October 2, 2005, 8:25 am
Mood: He's back - for now
I'll see the billdozer's bomb and raise another!! I saw about 10 minutes of this tripe and then bailed!

By the way, there are plenty of reviews on this site by the "holier than thou types" (papa mickey, for instance) where they had watched only a fraction of the movie and then bombed it based on those few minutes of viewing!! Let he who has a clear conscience cast the first stone!!!
motleymitch wrote on October 4, 2005, 3:55 am
**casting the first stone**
Done and done!
suaveay wrote on January 30, 2006, 12:00 pm
Um, yeah. With Mitchy on this one.

Personally, I can't bring myself to turn off any movie or walk out of a theatre if I've paid money to see it.

That being said, Amelie was FRICKIN BRILLIANT.
suaveay wrote on January 30, 2006, 12:00 pm
Forgot to add the stars.
Papamikey wrote on January 17, 2011, 10:39 am

AWESOME "old-school Persons of Taste" thread. Billdozer!! I wonder what NRA meeting he's chairing now...? GOD I miss his yin to our raging yangs...

ZOMFG! I FINALLY saw this movie...and I must say that it WAS good BUT! suffered from the Phantom Menace syndrome...I had simply built it up TOO much in my mind since all who's opinion I respect (and by contrary the opposite of opinions I DON'T respect - LOL! Billdozer, where art thou?) were raving about it...

I DID smile at the quirkyness of Audrey Tatou and the unconventional filming-style of the movie itself but it didn't MOVE me. It reminded me alot of other French films like Jambon, Jambon in it's "quirky" stylings.

In the end, a GOOD film...not a GREAT one.

And to appease the PLONT gods - Audry Tatou's a frickin' HAWTIE...

Deril wrote on January 17, 2011, 1:44 pm
I think I'm the only one who hasn't seen this movie.

What's your rating of this movie?


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