Sans toi, les émotions d'aujourd' Rui ne seraient que la peau morte des émotions d'autrefois. ——HIPOLOTO
Coco Zhang 2017 Sept.16th
Have you notice the girl with a cup of water in the famous painting “Le déjeuner des canotiers” (Luncheon of the boatin) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir? Do you understand her thoughts through her eyes? Maybe you will say that the girl is not important at all, therefore you didn’t pay any attention on her. The film “Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain” may not tell you the truth of that girl with cup; but as one important clue in this film, this painting will open the veil of Amelie, a strange, lonely but kind girl's inward world.
This film is romantic, healing and philosophical, mainly focused on the strange girl Amelie and these strange people around her. Her childhood was lack of friends and love from parents, luckily, loneliness and her autistic father didn't deform her innocent and pure heart. After a coincidence that she found a secret toy box hidden in her rented house decades ago, she began a fantastic journey of helping people around her and found her Mr. Right at last. She used her little power to change every dissocial or poor men and women in her life.
※People in the Story
We are all lonely people with some eccentricities. We are strange and sensitive. We always try so hard to find something or someone that make us feel a little bit of delight. There are so many different characters in Amelie's life, ordinary but special in some ways. We may have the same eccentricities as them, turning around in the darkness to observe others' expression, inserting hands into the rice or bean pot just like Amelie; pressing the plastic bubbles on the packaging, starting eating chicken from the certain part, punch holes on plant leaves (or even collect discarded photos under the ATP like Nino). People are different from each other, except loneliness.
Cigarette-seller always pretend she have various diseases, John monitors his ex-girlfriend 24 hour, Amelie's father cannot forget his wife's death, grocer treats Lucien badly, and the old painter paints the same painting every year. Amelie's life full of this kind of people, but maybe it is the real face of life; we used to hide our self from others and behave unreadable. Fortunately, the old painter taught Amelie how to face life and chase what she wants by discussing the unimpressive girl in the famous painting. We can have lots of reflection and gain from the characters.
※Style of Frames
The atmosphere of the frame is dull and depressive at first, during little Amelie's childhood. However, after she grown up, the color tune of the whole film changes. The main colors(red, blue and green) used in the movie-- inspired by a Brazilian artist Juarez Machado-- enhance the bizarre and mysterious atmosphere, describe the sense of Paris in 1930s and at the same time, reflect the optimism and kindness deep inside Amelie's heart. The color tone is like a cup of Latte, the aroma had been toasted by the golden sunshine, gorgeous and fantastic. Red, blue, green and some yellow, without dazzling brightness, the color is in high saturation, seems you can smell the strong scent inside the screen. Consequently, every frame in the whole film is delicate and dreamlike, has the power of warming your heart.
Yann Tierson, a French classical musician, composed all the interlude for the movie Amelie, which made him more famous. The beautiful scenes become more attractive and romantic when combined with the dreamlike background music. The imaginary magic world of Amelie's old Paris in 1930s-- in the bright rhythm of piano, violin, accordion, harmonica and drum, one overlaps with another-- looks like the soap bubbles fluttering and shining with the color of rainbow in the blue sky. Sometimes quite, sometimes vivid, the romance and happiness in the music are flowing slowly through the whole story from beginning till the end. The film becomes more enjoyable with Yann's interludes.
※Actors and Directors
Amelie: Audrey Tautou
When she smiles on the screen, I will feel my heart be grasped. The smile is too unique to forget, her big deep round eyes, thick eyebrows and wide-opened mouth. Audrey’s smile provides us the answer of Amelie’s features: clever, full of imaginations and tricks. Wow, she’s the most innocent and slyest sylph in the world. She also acted as Gabrielle Chanel in the film “Coco avant Chanel”(avant means before in English) which is my favorite designer.
Nino: Mathieu Kassovitz
Mathieu is probably best known in Francophone countries for his role as Nino Quincampoix in Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain. Kassovitz is also the founder of MNP Entreprise, a film production company.
Director&writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
He used the French poetic realism when shooting his film. In order to create the most impressive dreamlike images, he want the shooting places be extreme clean, which increased a lot of work for them.
This film makes me feel warm and comfortable in this cold, busy and stressful period. The emotion in the movie is not as intense as a bottle of Vodka, burning your throat and making you cry; instead, it is silky and smooth, just a little bit loneliness, a little bit happiness, light, sweet and bright. I had tears in my eye when Amelie smiled at the end, not because of any verbalizable feeling. I'm so lucky that you are by my side when I feel upset and lonely. Without you, who would I admire all the beautiful things with; without you, today's emotions would only be the scurf of yesterday's.