Saturday, June 25, 2011

Amélie (2001)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (8.6).
a.k.a. "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain" ("The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain")

I'm divided. On one hand, this movie is trying way too damn hard to be the saccharine-sweet romantic comedy that will become enshrined as the ultimate example of "cute" and "quirky" comedic French cinéma. On the other hand, underneath the syrup there's actually a fun and amusing story about two quasi-functional Asperger's syndrome adults gradually overcoming their social awkwardness as they make a valiant attempt to fall in love without actually meeting each other in person. There are parts of the film where I feel like I'm about to go into a diabetic coma, or occasionally fly into a "hey, that's illegal" rage at the title character's hijinks, but the rest of the time I find myself enjoying it. Score: 3 stars out of 4.

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