Friday, 14 January 2011

A-Z #8: Amélie

You can pick up hundreds of DVD's for a buck each - it doesn't matter. Its never about quantity, its about quality. A-Z is my way of going through my collection, from A-Z, and justifying why I own the films...

#8 - Amelie 

Why did I buy it?

I bought this after watching the film but I recall the DVD release. I worked in Woolworths on the 'entertainment' counter and, upon its release, a ridiculous amount of people purchased the film and - the ignorant 16-year old that I was - meant that, I probably bought something like Deep Blue Sea instead. Fact is, I watched the film on a rental and fell in love with it within 10 minutes. One of those films that, if you're watching it on your own, after 5-minutes, you are desperate to find someone to share the experience with.

Why do I still own it?

Because it is the film to convert others into enjoying international cinema. People who don't watch films - stating "I don't like films with subtitles" - are missing out so much. Amélie could not be remade - the french-ness to it is what makes it fascinating (cultural moments throughout the film). Once someone has watched this, they will appreciate internaional cinema and, potentially, once their eyes are open to non-Hollywood movies, a whole new perspective on cinema will begin.
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  1. Ugh...the thought of this being remade makes me ill. The thought of people saying that the eventual remake is better than the original makes me want to stab someone with a spork.

    I'm a fan of many foreign films, and I kind of hate that this has become the poster film for being "the movie that people who don't know foreign films like," as if to slant this one. It's beautiful in so many ways, and yes, is probably my favorite foreign flick (with Run Lola Run coming in second).

  2. yeah, I love RUN LOLA RUN too! I think we all have to accept that many people have difficulty with subtitled films - hence the remake of LET THE RIGHT ONE IN - so something that could not be remade but is awesome is the ammo needed to win these no-subtitle freaks round.

  3. We don't have to accept. We have to stop the remakes. Don't watch Let Me In, it only encourages them.

  4. Well, personally, I don't accept it. I think they are uncultured swines ... but its a contemporary fact. But, in time, it should change and films like AMELIE will pull people round!

  5. Chris, a librarian13 March, 2011 02:29

    A film that's a real charmer for sure. And how could anyone not just love Audrey Tatou?

  6. How could anyone not love Audrey Tatou? Watch THE DA VINCI CODE...


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