Amélie Film 101

“One person can change your life forever.”

Amélie is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a French film director and screenwriter who is known for the films Delicatessen, The City of the Lost Children, and Alien: Resurrection. His films are often rich with bits of twentieth century French film movement, some German expressionism, and the French New Wave.

Jeunet uses a lot of discontinuity editing in Amélie, which uses an arrangement of shots that seem out of place or confusing. In this scene we see discontinuity editing in the explanation of the likes and dislikes of Amélie’s mother. As the film begins young Amélie is introduced. Then immediately the film moves into the likes and dislikes of Amélie’s father and mother. This begins to set the quirky sort of tone that moves throughout this film.

In this scene we see the likes and the dislikes of the main character Amélie. The scene goes from a visit to her father, and them eating at the dinner table. Then it transitions into Amélie going into description of her own likes and dislikes. This is more insight into the main character, and again more growth of her unique personality.

Jeunet uses his own delightfully unique style to tell the story of the romantic Amélie, who wants to do her part to make the world a little better.  Amélie begins her journey to help those around her, without most of them knowing she is even doing so. She works in secret to help better the lives of her friends and co-workers.

Though she unknowingly stumbles across the chance for true love.

 Amélie is a lighthearted romantic comedy, with a warm and visually distinct styleThe style can be compared to that of director Wes Anderson, or even Tim Burton. It may not be a realistic look at love, and every day life, but it is still a fun movie to watch.

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