On Friday night, Battelle Film Club shows my favorite movie of 2001 Amelie.
Audrey Tautou stars in the sugary sweet story of a self-contained young woman finding understanding of self through the joy of doing anonymous good deeds for others.
Amelie’s story has a clever mystery as a side plot. It involves discarded pictures from a coin-operated photo booth and is one of those nifty puzzles with an answer that is so obvious you’ll undoubtedly miss it.
Tautou’s performance is perfect. Her helmet hairstyle highlights black eyes that are bottomless orbs. They nicely light an elfish smile. Tautou’s look is saintly with just a hint of impishness.
Writer/director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is a genius. Few directors have his unique perspective when it comes to story conception, writing, cinematography and sets. Jeunet’s script has just enough sauce and satirical twists to keep it from being goopy. The introductions of the characters and the situations in which they’re placed are ingenious and very, very funny.
And no one shoots a movie quite like Jeunet. His wizardry with a camera is unbelievable, and time and again you’ll scratch your head and wonder how he was able to get the shots he does.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated R for mature themes, brief nudity. It plays one time only — 8 a.m. Friday, March 2 — at the Battelle Auditorium.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.