October 6, 2013 § Leave a comment

Amélie is probably the most charming movie of all time and definitely one of my favourite films. The creative direction, witty script, amazing cinematography and awesome soundtracks by Mr.Yann Tiersen made me watched this movie at least 3 times! This movie could be the very reason why I’m thinking of booking a flight ticket to Paris end of this year.

The movie is a tale of how the bashful and impish single waitress (Amélie) who decides to help other lonely people fix their lives. As the only-child of a tight-lipped, hard-hearted doctor father and a neurotic schoolteacher mother, Amelie grew up being too much unloved, with a not too happy childhood. As a young lady, she becomes a waitress at the Two Windmills cafe, but other times spends her time in an imaginative world of dreams, not forming close ties with people, being terribly shy. Her widowed father yearns to travel but won’t, so to inspire the old man she sends his garden gnome on a tour of the world; with whispered gossip, she brings together two cranky regulars at her café; she reverses the doorknobs and reprograms the speed dial of a grocer who’s mean to his assistant. She can only observe others from a distance and act accordingly – her own life remains emotionally dead. Gradually she realises her own life needs fixing.

I’ll end it with one of my favourite scene. It’s a quote from Amélie’s neighbour, a painter who hid himself in his tiny apartment for 20 years because he has brittle, glass bones. Even touching the furniture could result in him having a fractured arm. He told Amélie to start living her life and build relationships with people around her.

“So, little Amélie, your bones aren’t made of glass. You can take life’s knocks. If you let this chance go by, eventually your heart will become as dry and brittle as my skeleton. So…Go and get him, for pete’s sake!”

Perhaps, this is why I love this movie a little bit too much. Perhaps it’s time for me to start fixing my own life instead of trying to fix others.


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