"Amélie," directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is a delectable confection of a film, a cheerful fairytale in which a charming heroine overcomes a terrible upbringing and grows up to bring happiness to the needy and joy to herself.
You watch it, and then when you think about it later, you smile.
Kindness is often regarded as one of those effete virtues that lack charisma and power.
Nonetheless, it includes significant acts such as tiny demonstrations of affection, words of encouragement, many types of politeness, and general generosity.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie is a peppy French film.
This visually captivating movie paints an intriguing portrayal of a woman who exhibits a tremendous capacity for the spiritual practices of kindness.
Audrey Tautou, a fresh-faced waif who seems like she knows a secret and can't keep it, portrays the titular character of a little girl who grows up desiring affection.
Her father, a doctor, does not offer her hugs or kisses and only touches her during examinations, which causes her heart to beat so quickly that he suspects she is ill.
Her mother dies due to a suicide jump from Notre Dame's towers, a remark that discloses less of the narrative than you might imagine.
Amelie grew up lonely and alone, working as a server in a little corner restaurant until Princess Diana's death changed everything.
Amelie drops a bottle cap, which knocks free a stone in her flat's wall, leading her to find a rusty old box in which a long-ago youngster stored his riches.
Amélie, like an artist, weaves subtle symbols into complicated imagery to carry out these constructed deceptions of fate.
Amelie discovers her life's work: she will make people happy by locating down the guy who was that youngster and returning his box.
But not in the usual way.
As a result, she will entertain herself (and us) by developing the most amazing schemes to ensure their happiness.
She strongly impacts others by combining her introverted attitude of solitude with her extroverted love of adventuring.
And in a way that restores their confidence in fate.
She doesn't just hand over the trinkets to the guy; he is duped into entering a phone booth just to 'find' the box inside.
She insinuates ideas into her colleague's and father's thoughts with well-timed gossip and globe-trotting gnomes.
She diligently writes a handwritten note for her concierge.
Amélie depicts fate as a domino effect of deflated ambitions by turning to pranks.
Paris: a city of light, a city for lovers, and the ideal backdrop for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's irresistibly enchanting Amélie.
This iconic French classic is the dictionary definition of 'feel good,' with loads of character and heart. Amélie is not your average lady. Audrey Tautou, who plays her, is a young woman who quietly orchestrates the lives of everyone around her, ironing out their sad little troubles.
However, when she uncovers a bizarre picture album belonging to Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), she quickly realizes that she is in love and has her own troubles.
It appeared to be a token insert, reinforcing the long-held cinematic myth that a lost protagonist may only be saved by the appearance of a soulmate.
However, as the audience is grappled by the contradictory hazards of adult friendship, the attention switches to Amélie Poulain's love tale.
Over time, it is realized that the lunacy rests in this romance's flawed ways.
This major box office success in France is the absolute definition of 'feel-good' — its alluring charms will remove the thickest clouds hanging over the gloomiest misanthrope's head.
Jeunet has made one of the most cheerful pictures in recent years.
With its gallery of endearingly drawn caricatures and eccentrics, Amélie is filled with warmth and sunshine.
The film is full of outstanding individual shots and themes.
One of the greatest occurs when Amelie stands up on Montmartre's terrace, and wonders how many people in Paris are having orgasms at that same moment, and we witness 15 of them in a brief montage of comic happiness.
The MPAA gave the film an unfair R classification based on this innocuous clip, as well as a similarly trivial birthing scene.
It's quite difficult to create a quick-witted, endearing comedy.
It's even more difficult to discover actors that exude charm rather than impersonate it.
And lastly, it takes a lot of guts to walk the quirky tightrope.
"Amelie" takes such risks and has pulled them off excellently.
Author: Akash R. Ekka
Editor: Rachita Biswas