Most romantic films #3: Amelie

Amelie (2001) is a charming, French film about une fille (a girl) getting son homme (her man). But also much more. The full title is Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulain.

While the directing and design of the film help make it so very charming and unique–combining a comic book/graphic novel look with a romantic girl-meets-boy story–it is undoubtedly Audrey Tatou as Amelie that makes the film work.

Why do I love it?

It is set in Montmartre, my favorite part of Paris, where I have lived twice for short periods.

It is a story about doing good for others–and that good coming back around.

It involves a garden gnome and a merry-go-round.

It is a story that engages the spectator in its basic mystery.  

I want her kitchen.

and the love story is very, very sweet.

The film has simple storybook kind of internal morality that is neither sentimental nor preachy. And it makes me laugh.


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