LE FABULEUX DESTIN D’AMELIE POULIN (2001)

One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Tautou is gloriously alive in the title role. The sunniest face and the greatest acclaim belong to Audrey Tautou, who is new to these shores. A delight in the title role, she’s like a young Audrey Hepburn, making us laugh and feel empathy without feeling manipulated. A magnificent movie. a masterpiece. The part of Amélie was written specifically for Emily Watson. She wanted the part but had to decline because she didn’t speak French and had already agreed to be in Gosford Park. The film has been digitally color-corrected at 2K resolution. Whenever this film was shot on location, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and the crew would clean the area of debris, grime, trash and graffiti, so that the film would match his fantasy more so. This was an especially difficult task when it came time to shoot at the huge train station. Jean-Pierre Jeunet originally started collecting the stories and memories that make up the story in 1974. Some of the locations in the film can be found in Montmartre. The café “Les 2 Moulins” can be found at the beginning of Rue Lepic and the vegetable/fruit store “Collignon” at 56 Rue des Trois Frères. The main colors in the film (green, yellow and red) are inspired by the paintings of the Brazilian artist Juarez Machado. Voted #2 in Australia’s Favourite Movie poll. Audrey Tautou doesn’t know how to skip stones; the stone-skipping scenes were made with special effects.

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