Amelie is a clever and potent film about an innocent girl living in Paris, discovering romance for the first time after a neive teenage life.  Starring the beautiful and talented Audrey Tautou, this french film is a light hearted, and witty adventure that you cant help but enjoy.  Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet displays flashes of  striking cinematography and that dazzles the average watcher, and impresses the critic.

After a quick intelligent sequence showing Amelie’s childhood of neglect and curiosity, you’re introduced to her present life as a waitress at a bar in Paris.  After discovering a tucked away children’s treasure box in her apartment, she tracks down the owner and cleverly lets him discover his 40 year old childhood, which overwhelms him and inspires him to lead a better life.  Amelie then decides for this to be her passion, which leads her into meeting Nino played effectively by Mathieu Kasovitz.  These too quirky youngsters then lead each-other on a cat and mouse chase, leading you throughout the intriguing film.

As I do not pride myself on being a French film buff, i was pleasantly surprised with many aspects of this film.  The director took  what could have resulted in an average romance film, and injected it with clever cinematography.  From the lighting and overall spunk, too the cartoon-ish heartbeat scene, this film separated itself from the rest in its genre.

Audrey Tatou is exceptional in this movie, for the first time I have seen in her own element.  As i have seen and enjoyed her performances in The DaVinci Code, fitting very well as the English speaking intelligent french woman, she proved herself more than a role actor.  She proved her lead role capability by doing a convincing job on the screen, where she rarely is excluded from a scene.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this film, although at times struggled with sub-titles.  It is something that rarely bothers me, but with part narration throughout the film, I founded difficult to enjoy Jeunet’s work of art while racing through lines.  If you can put this past you I highly recommend this movie for the average movie goer, and the film junkie just alike.

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