Amelie: Film Review


Please respond to the following prompts:

  1. We have now seen two films by the French director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet.  Other than the films being in French, what differences stand out between Amelie, Micmacs and traditional “Hollywood” films?
  2. Discuss the use of color in Amelie.  Give examples of how color is used in the film and the impact it has on the strength of the film.
  3. Respond to the use of storytelling in Amelie.  Give specific details from the film that stood out as strong storytelling.
  4. What is the overall message Amelie communicates?  Use evidence from the film.
  5. Detail a favorite scene or shot.  What made it your favorite?Amelie2


  1. Annalise Lewey

    1.We have now seen two films by the French director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Other than the films being in French, what differences stand out between Amelie, Micmacs and traditional “Hollywood” films?
    Amelie and Micmacs both have unusual quirks but they are not bad like in Hollywood films a person with a quirk is sent to a mental hospital or killing people. Jean-Pierre Jeunet films have a sweet innocence to it than some Hollywood Films. Many Hollywood films are about the heat of the moment while his movies are slow but, not boring.

    2.Discuss the use of color in Amelie. Give examples of how color was used in the film and the impact it had on the strength of the film.
    The brighter the colors the more the object or actor/actress will stand out on the camera against the scenery around them. Amelie has beautiful colors and depending on the colors shows the emotions of the person. I noticed when Amelie was sad, she was in the kitchen and the background showed muted colors.

    3.Respond to the use of storytelling in Amelie. Give specific details from the film that stood out as strong storytelling.
    Her background helped show her change during the movie from someone sad to someone helping people and being happy. Then when she was sending everyone notes especially to the man it helped show the storytelling. Then just how everything came together at the end like when the old man send her a video instead.

    4.What is the overall message Amelie communicates? Use evidence from the film.
    That she wants to make the world better/ happier. When Amelie sends the letter to her landlord so that she thought her husband did not cheat on her, and sending the videos to the old man and helping the grocer’s assistant not to be bullied so much.

    5.Detail a favorite scene or shot. What made it your favorite?
    My favorite scene in the movie was the scene where the man is looking through the binoculars and he sees Amelie putting the album into the motorcycle pouch. I thought it was a very good scene and the shot was nice too.

  2. Andrew Marostica

    1. I actually was not able to watch “micmacs” because I did not have my permission slip signed at the time but I was able to see Amelie which was an interesting movie, definitely different than Hollywood movies. Hollyood movies tend to have a storyline that is easy to follow but Amelies storyline, I dont know if it was because it was in french, was very confusing. to me nothing made sense, I spent most of the time trying to figure out what was going on and reading the subtitles didnt help either. all in all it was a good movie but I wish I was able to figure out what was happening through out the movie.
    2. The color in Amelie was very interesting. Ive never seen a movie where every scene had a yellow/red/greenish tint too it. it always seem to apear that it was late after noon all the time casue of the color.I do have to say that the color wasnt very pleaseing too me, im not a big fan of yellow. It was just too bright through out the movie.
    3. As I said before in the response to the frist prompt I spent the whole time trying to figure out what was going on and was not able to figure out what the movie was about. it was a very confusing movie
    4. I believe that Amelies message was to be kind to others and you will be rewarded with something good becasue through out the movie she seemed to b helping everybody and in the end she was rewarded.
    5. I think my favorite scene was at the begining where the narator said she liked to figure out how many couples were having an orgasim at that moment and she turned around with this weird creepy look and said “fitfteen”. it was just funny and made me laugh.

  3. Tyler Hasty

    The contrast between the typically marketed, cliché, money-making, often repulsive and over glorified productions of Hollywood, and the strongly developed, emotionally manipulative and artistically crafted films of French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, is fairly strong to say the absolute least. While it’s not to be mistaken that there are plenty of professional American films, as well as many indie films, which have recently increased in popularity on multiple video hosting websites, that strive for artistic beauty and creative depth (and most of these succeed to some degree and in some manner), it seems that the majority of films that have recently received strong support and sponsorship from the media and other powerfully influential yet biased sources. Personally, I’ve never been a fan of reenactments of extremely cheesy dialogue, unrealistic plot progression or outlandish scenarios, and the spamming of special effects which are all strongly present in most big-budget American action films. Sadly, these features seem to feature the qualities of a contagious virus, in that they are now spreading to genres where they do not belong, where intriguing plot and artistic attention should be a strong focus, not neglected inferiors to “action, explosions, death, blood, gore, guns, action, blood, people running, action explosions and more action.”
    Having established a sliver of my distaste for movies founded on such things (for truthfully, even action movies could successfully incorporate value beyond mindless entertainment while still retaining genre essentials), I must say that Amelie did an excellent job of taking seemingly insignificant details and coating them with attractive values so that they ultimately proved more worthy of far more respect than the most “epic” (a nauseatingly abused term) scene in an American penny-pinching cliché Hollywood action film. Not only was this accomplished in a sense of establishing dynamic tones, but it was also accomplish in a bit more literal sense, more specifically, with the use of color grading. I noticed that most of the scenes were enhanced with a sort of golden overlay that seemed to contained hints of green and red. These warm colors reflected optimistic emotion and comfortable atmosphere, as warmth tends to do when applied properly. Without these colors, the tone of certain scenes which relied more on visual demonstration than verbal interaction would have been less successfully articulated in the way that the director probably wanted.
    The story telling of this film was intriguing in that it relied on the presence of a narrator who remained otherwise insignificant to the plot. He explained sub-plot details (as well as extraneous information) in a swift, factual and often quirky manner that highlighted boring occurrences with a sense of value. Often times, there were large cuts in clips as to summarize small details in a fluent manner, and this ultimately added to the film’s quirky nature as well as it provided the notion of plot progression through storytelling, rather than in real time. The balances between time spent at each segment of Amelie’s life were proportionately fair, as they allowed for the explanation of key background information without taking away from key focus points, and the inclusion of specific details from the histories of less significant characters allowed for several areas of connection between said characters and the audience. I appreciated the attention to settle characteristic details that are often foolishly neglected by many story tellers, despite that the forming of (even settle) connections between a story and its audience is almost always vital to the creation of a successfully entertaining work of art.
    Based on evidence that this film articulates with beautiful and underused techniques, I believe that the core message of this film is that, regardless of how conflict ridden one’s life and environment may seem, and despite the dullness and misery with which harsh perceptions of reality often clouds our aspirations, the true values of life can easily be revealed through acts of kindness, selflessness, devoted respect and creativity as well as an appreciation for the appalling beauty portrayed by all life that is all too often neglected.
    There were countless scenes in the film whose unique structure and creative fluency captured my attention, interest and respect; however, I believe that one, or rather, several of the same nature, particularly deserved considerable attention. The scenes that depicted the brittle artist from the perspective of Amelie’s window allowed viewers to capture the sense of separation and spectatorship that Amelie experienced from her own perspective, while stilling allowing for a clear view of the artist’s environment and actions; nothing was cluttered or confusing throughout the short progression of these scenes, and it was not necessary to force viewers to observe the artist from an unrealistically informed, third person perspective that would have severed the immediate connection between viewers and Amelie for the remaining duration of that scene. Even if such shots as those were ultimately used as well, the inclusion of a first person perspective, specifically one of a furtive witness, certainly benefitted the film’s diverse library of dynamic and often spontaneous cinematic methods in a way that not all films attend to the achieving of.

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