As a student who spends a lot of her free time viewing Hollywood and a few local films, I find the movie, Amélie, quite a distinctive and contrasting film from what I am used to. French films seem to have a unique sense of making films such as Amélie. I find them quite bizarre from the way it enacts certain characters to its cinematography. Honestly, I was in the verge of falling asleep in the first hour of the film. Nevertheless, as soon as the story kicks in and finally reveals the person whom she will soon fall in love with, I had the interest to stay up until the end of the movie. The diversity is what I am most certainly looking for in films which causes my deep curiosity and utter fascination with the story and the characters and how it will turn out for all of them. With the accustomed films I have seen, Amelie is a noticeably good film and worth anyone’s time. After watching the international film, I would have suggested the filmmaker to generate a film that would soon show or at least give a hint of what substantial event would happen next to captivate people and for the viewers to make a sense out of what was happening. Then I realized that I was pertaining to the typically common Filipino setting wherein it was too predictable. A fresh and unique film occasionally would be great and give people a break from the stress of everyday.
Audrey Tautou did a remarkable job with her portrayal of Amélie Poulain, a sincere and pure woman whom finds out soon of her passion helping people and falls in love along the way. Her characterization felt so engaging that the audience would feel drawn into the movie and feel like actual characters. The cast was effortlessly amusing with their solely humorous nature. The several times when the individuality of the characters was noticed through a list of their likes and dislikes was entertainingly uncommon to me because I was used to the typical way of introducing a character. Not only am I used to the typical way of presenting an act but also to how local films are.
Filipino romantic-comedy films, for me, have a cliché approach of presenting certain characters and stories. Stories that mostly have a poor and wealthy character, power as an issue, an unattractive girl who meets a good-looking person and a lot more. In addition, at often times, gay or homosexuals, unappealing, and uneducated people depict comedic acts. Amélie is hilarious without even using any character in films that I usually watch in the Philippines. Therefore, after watching the French movie, it gave me a new feel of a unique and vibrant international film, which highlights the diversity of the films outside the customary acknowledged films in the country that are wholly Hollywood and local.
(Originally written by Joselle Janolo)