I just discovered that the main plots from Jeunet's Amelie were ripped off from a couple of popular shortfilms from the 90's. One is called "Lucille and the Photomaton" the other one is called "Agatha Tricote". Amelie it's a very nice film and the art direction is incredible but you have at least to credit your sources of "inspiration" if you want people appreciate the whole dimension of your work.
A rich picture film that has more plot, details and attention to characters than tons of normal books I have read. The film also has an insanely cute leading actress that makes me think of another Audrey no longer with us. Fast edits, cool camera angels and unique ideas. It is a shame that life can't be enriched more by people like Amelie.
I'll never be a Maoist revolutionary loving Amélie. But I am being true to myself when I say that I love whimsical lists of things that quicken the heart! My heart is pretty hardened against most Wes Anderson so I will forever allow myself this one neoliberal chocolate box! C'mon... you know it looks gorgeous and Amélie is the OCD heroine of choice!
While I can't say this film is perfect (as it sometimes goes overboard with the quirkiness), it is still one of the most irresistible pieces of pure charm I have ever seen. Packed with smart writing, delightfully stylish direction and cinematography, and an enchanting performance by Audrey Tautou, Jeunet avoids schmaltzy trappings and creates a genuinely heartwarming tale. It's just so good!