Every Friday throughout the summer, we’re posting a movie that someone on our staff has picked as one of their favorite Miramax films. While the summer blockbusters invade the theaters, consider watching one of the staff picks over the weekend instead. Today’s pick is the much loved Amélie from our Director of Brand Marketing and Corporate Communications, Katie McGhee. The critically praised film was nominated for five Oscars, including Best Foreign Film and made an instant star out of Audrey Tautou.
Amélie was a film like nothing I had ever seen. At its core it’s a story about our longing for basic human connection and the infallible interconnectedness of seemingly unique events throughout our existence. A theme present in many movies but fulfilled with intensely beautiful detail in this one. It would be easy to reduce the realism in this story given Jean-Pierre Juenet’s charmingly saturated aesthetic and his editing choices that play with time and space. But I challenge our summer viewers to take a closer look.
Through the vibrance and quirk there’s a sweet and relatable story. One that screams that there are simple joys to be found and acknowledged in our everyday life; that it’s ok to be a bit odd, perhaps even neurotic, because we all are in our own little ways; and that the isolation we experience at times in life, if not always self-imposed, stems only from fear. We long to connect, however frightening, and without fail life will present fleeting moments of opportunity. But it is up to us to identify these moments and let them impact our lives in amazing ways.
We see how quickly lives can change and it seems the only partial glimpse we might have into our own fate can be found in the present, minute details of our day. Perhaps by paying attention and acknowledging these moments of opportunity and luck we will be more inclined to seize them.
“Luck is like the Tour de France. You wait, and it flashes past you. You have to catch it while you can.”
- A painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris cafe, Amelie makes a surprising discovery and sees her life drastically changed for the better. From then on, Amelie dedicates herself to helping others find happiness in the most delightfully unexpected ways. But will she have the courage to do for herself what she has done for others? Starring, in alphabetical order: Audrey Tautou, Jamel Debbouze, Mathieu Kassovitz, Maurice Benichou, Yolande Moreau
- Amélie asks Collignon's parents about the boy that lived in her apartment 40 years ago. In this scene: Amelie (Audrey Tautou), Lucien (Jamel Debbouze)
- Amélie finds a box in her bathroom that was hidden there by a young boy 40 years ago. In this scene: Amelie (Audrey Tautou)