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AMELIE

A French movie.
With subtitles!
Aside from the miraculous CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON, I can't remember the last time that I've seen a subtitled film in a theater. Possibly never.

But yeah, I went and saw Amelie based mainly on glowing reviews, the cute commercials, and the fact that the director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, directed a very dark, visually amazing film called The City of Lost Children.
Amelie is a modern day fairy tale of sorts, but not really.
It's really just a fanciful romantic comedy, but it is really sweet, and it does make you smile, or flat out laugh out loud often.
The title role goes to Audrey Tautou, and she is really, really great. The way her character is written, coupled with Tautou's expressive face makes her one of the most likable screen characters in quite a while.
Like many foreign films, the supporting characters are pretty interesting too.
(Doesn't it seem like in general, foreign films are more substantive than their American counterparts…or maybe it's just me.)

OK, this is a very short review, but that doesn't mean I didn't like this movie.
Actually, I enjoyed it quite a bit, even though I did find it a little too long. I dunno, I guess it did drag a bit at times, but overall, Amelie is a very enjoyable movie.

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