Amélie – the most stylish movie ever made?
In a funny twist, Amélie was rejected during her Cannes Film Festival submission, with Jeunet reporting that programmer Gilles Jacob called the film “irrelevant.” In July of this year, Amélie finally performed in Cannes, during a special anniversary screening on the beach. Hundreds of fans – including myself – watched the film under the stars, in a setting as romantic as the story itself.
So Amélie’s Paris may be a fantasy, but it’s still beautiful; one that invites viewers to take a break from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives to find moments of quiet magic. Although the reality of these moments is often banal (Amélie pursues the mystery of a man she keeps seeing in the photo booth, only to discover that he is a repairman) that does not make them less valid. , especially in light of the period of prolonged isolation from which we are still slowly emerging. For Audrey Brisson, Amélie continues to be part of her life even beyond the stage. “I was on the phone waiting to speak to my bank the other day,” she recalls. “The on-hold music they used was Amélie’s soundtrack.” And there you have it: proof that Amélie Poulain’s magic continues to operate in a mysterious way.
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