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I just watched Amelie. I started out not being in the mood to watch anything -- this week has been so busy that this was simply the first chance I had, and it was more of a "get it out of the way" thing than an "I want to see this" thing.

As it turns out, I think that may well have been the perfect state of mind in which to enjoy the film. Even if you don't want to be charmed, it is charming and entertaining. An introverted, whimsical young woman with a rich fantasy life goes about meddling in the lives of others, and along the way, we get a voyeuristic peek into the indiosyncrasies that make people tick. Sprite-like, indeed, Peter Pan-like (she's never quite grown up properly), she makes what she believes to be improvements in the lives of people she knows as an unconscious means of avoiding fixing her own problems.

There's just a little magical realism thrown in to enhance things. The movie drags just a touch in spots, but I quite liked it. It's a likable and playful sort of film. It's a light confection, but a cheerful and pleasant one. A positive slice of life, as it were.

As far as my enjoyment goes, it probably didn't hurt that many of the locations were "we've been theres" for me: we visited Sacre Coeur and spent part of a day in Montmartre during our honeymoon.

I rather feel as though I ought to have an espresso with a crepe, now.



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Feb. 4th, 2006 07:17 pm (UTC)
Ah, sooo much love for that movie. I fell hard my freshman year of college and we've been together ever since, lol. If I were going to be buried it would be with that DVD and my lord of the rings books. ^_^ I'm glad you liked it, I think I'm going to put it in now. It's a rainy day and I've got to clean out my closet, so I think it will be perfect. I don't even need to see the subtitles anymore, I've got it pretty much memorized.
Feb. 6th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
It's a little odd watching it when you partially understand French. I know enough to get around, but not enough to say that I'm fluent, so it was odd watching the subtitles, and then catching words here and there that I understood. I sometimes wish we had a French equivalent of Telemundo here in the US so that I could tune in sometimes to brush up.
Feb. 5th, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
I absolutely loved Amelie. It is by far the most charming movie I have ever seen.
Absolutely delightful. DELIGHTFUL!

Now I must see it again.
Feb. 6th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
My co-worker says that Audrey Tautou (sp?) has been good in other things as well, and that Amelies wasn't a one-hit wonder for her. I'd be curious to see her other work.
Feb. 6th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
Love that movie too :)

Strangely, I had a crepe with dinner Saturday night! :D
Feb. 6th, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC)
Oooh, lucky you! What was the crepe filled with?
Feb. 6th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Nutella and ground walnuts.

A new french cafe opened up not too far from us. The food was mediocre, but the crepe made up for it.
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