Amelie – Filtered

Theatrical Release: November 2, 2001
DVD Release: July 16, 2002


Amélie is a shy waitress in a Montmartre café. After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment, and seeing the effect it has on him, she decides to set out on a mission to make others happy and in the meantime pursues a quirky guy who collects discarded photo booth pictures

Dove Review

: Amélie is a very strange movie about a young woman who finds a hidden toy box in her bathroom and is determined to return the forty year old treasure to its owner. She succeeds and because the man is so touched, she begins to search for ways to bring happiness to others. She befriends an elderly, homebound neighbor who, in turn, helps her to see that she gets so involved in the lives of others in order avoid facing her own. Amélie is a French movie with English subtitles and you need to be a quick reader to keep with the story, but once you get used to it, your focus shifts to this odd little movie. It is strange in that it uses dozens and dozens of real life footage clips and main character looks directly at the camera like she knows you are watching her. There is a narrator that jumps in here and there and sets up many of the scenes. It took a little getting used to, but in the end I found that I really enjoyed it. One word of caution however. The main character writes a false letter to bring happiness to a woman.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Narrator says the sperm swims to the egg in his wife. Man and woman kiss.
Language: None.
Violence: Man slaps another man on back of head.
Drugs: Women drinking.
Nudity: Woman in bathtub-only see shoulders and cleavage, woman in slip- cleavage, man in swimsuit that sticks to his front.
Other: None.


Company: Miramax Pictures
Writer: Guillaume Laurant and Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Producer: Claudie Ossard
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 122 min.
Reviewer: Sarah Bennor