Starring Audrey Tautou
This is one of the most famous French movies ever and so I’ve decided to give it a go. To summarise it to the simplest point, it’s about how this young woman Amelie changed the lives of those around her by secretly doing things to help them. She helped strike up a love connection at her workplace between a druggist and a beer drinking grouch; she sent her dad’s garden troll around the world as a way to convince her dad to travel around the world etc. Her kindhearted strategies aimed to help those around her to be happier and she succeeded.. but what about her own dreams and desires?
I study French as a third language in school so I’m not that good in it but I’ve survived. I like French as a language and since I’m free from examinations, I’ve decided to try out those famous French movies that I’ve heard. To be honest, when I first watched a french movie, I had a shock — French movies exhibit an entirely different feel as compared to those American films. I wouldn’t say they’re strange, but I was taken aback. Yet, as I explore this different culture, I’ve decided to coin French movies with a different word other than strange and that’s "quirky", quirky in a good way too.
Amelie was quirky for me I will admit. Yet, I have a feeling it’s precisely of it’s quirkiness that got itself a name. Amelie was someone that most people could identify with. Everyone has their own strange habits and quirks, and to see Amelie portraying those habits kind of struck a chord in me. People can relate.
I hesitate to give too much of my opinion because firstly, this is a good movie and I wouldn’t say that I can do justice no matter what I write. Also, I have not watched enough French films to be able to compare. Lastly, I believe the essence of words and meaning might have been lost through the process of translation. I can understand French [ well, a little through hearing] but I put on the subs just in case and in the end I really enjoyed this movie. In a sense, there is not much of a plot present in this movie; it’s just about how Amelie helped other people, and how someone she helped, helped her back in the end. However, it’s watching how those small attempts and schemes on her part can go a long way to change others lives.
Amelie showed me another perspective, though I might not necessarily agree with it. For example, in the movie, there’s a woman who was sad and depressed because her husband had an affair and died in an airplane accident together with his lover. For years, she lamented about the past where her husband and her were still loving. Amelie then read those letters that her husband wrote to her way back before he had an affair, and wrote a letter to the woman in the name of her husband, so as to convince her that his heart was with her even till his death. Now… usually I wouldn’t approve of this at all, because the husband did wrong. The husband cheated on her and broke her heart. What did he do right that the woman should forgive him? That was my first thought. Yet I guess, it’s better to put down the past and move on with your lives instead of getting stuck in the yesterday, and that’s what Amelie helped the woman to do.
This movie has gotten me thinking what I can do to help those around me. I may not be able to come up with smart schemes like Amelie, but a small kind act can go a long way.
Do watch it when you have time!
– Thus, I leave with a quote from Amelie. Not inspirational like my usual quotes, but I still like it nevertheless-
Failure teaches us that life is but a draft, a long rehearsal for story that will never play