Amelie realizes that life can be taken in an instant and that is what triggers her desire to help others. At the diner, where Amelie works, she brings together two lonely people, Georgette and Joseph. Georgette is a tobacconist with a brutal case of hypochondria, and Joseph is a grumpy customer at the diner where both Amelie and Georgette work. Amelie then stumbles upon a box of treasures, stuffed behind a wall tile in her bathroom, left by a young boy, years ago. She feels compelled to return it and in doing so brings joy to the owner, Mr. Bretodeau. Amelie continues with her acts of kindness by befriending her neighbor, Dufayel, that lives in the same apartment complex. Dufayel is an elderly artist with brittle bones that occurred as a result of a rare disease. So brittle that everything must be padded in order to protect him. She also helps Madeleine Walls, the concierge in her apartment complex, by sending letters posing as the deceased husband. This helps Ms. Walls to believe that her husband still loved her and wanted to return to her after fleeing with a secretary that he had an affair with. The last person on Amelie’s kind acts list is Nino, an adult video store clerk who collects pictures left behind at photo booths around
Cinematography is motion picture photography. The basic unit of cinematography is the shot. The shot is the visual heart of the cinema; it is a continuous point of view (or continuously exposed piece of film); it may move forward or backward, up or down, but it does not change, break, or cut to another point of view or image.
Another scene that had captured my attention was the scene after meeting the grocer and his worker, Lucien. Amelie went to Collignon, the grocer, to see if he would be any help in her quest to find the owner of the memory box. He had no clue but advised her to see his mother. The scene then switches, and we see Amelie walking up a hill to meet with Mr. and Mrs. Collignon at their home. The scene starts at a
These two scenes/ shots are not the only ones that caught my eye. I highly recommend this “feel-good movie” to all, as long as reading subtitles is not an issue. The comedic parts add a little extra to the film which makes me give it two thumbs up.