I was so glad that I finally got the chance to see Amélie in our class a few weeks ago. I knew just from the trailers that I wanted to see this film but never set aside the time. Something that already drew me in from the trailer is the unique way the film is shot and the saturation of colors it contains. The quirkiness of Amélie reminds me of a Baz Luhrmann movie; everything is a little brighter and different, and there’s almost always a focus on fantasy vs. reality. When taking photographs as a child, she imagines the clouds as a bunny rabbit and teddy bear. Inanimate objects come to life before her eyes, because so much of her time is spent in her own head imagining things she wished would be her reality. After she saw Nino, she started to fall for him without really even knowing much about him and would picture him with her, acting like a couple.
Another aspect of fantasy vs reality is how France is portrayed. In the film, it seems very clean with little or no crime and the grocery store always has vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables in season all year round. The street the grocery store is on is supposed to be a main street, yet there are few cars or shops ever open. It seems that the only story in the news the town is focused on is the death of Princess Diana and nothing else. Her death pretty much starts the storyline for Amelie’s search in the owner of the box. Although Amelie is the main role, she is involved in complex storylines. The only storyline that seems to stay throughout the whole film, or most of it, is her love story with Nino. Of course, the film ends with them getting together. Even though the ending of Amélie is somewhat predictable, it was definitely entertaining and fun to watch.