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Friday, 5 October, 2001, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Amelie: Your views
Amelie, the French film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet of Delicatessen and Alien: Resurrection fame, is already a phenomenen in its native country.Disclaimer: The BBC will put up as many of your comments as possible but we cannot guarantee that all e-mails will be published. The BBC reserves the right to edit comments that are published.
The film tells the story of dreamy Amelie (Audrey Tautou), who moves to Paris to escape a dysfunctional family and the loneliness of having no friends.
"Amelie is already being talked about as the token trendy foreign film for next year's Oscars - but Tautou and Jeunet deserve more than tokenism," says BBC News Online's Ian Youngs.
But what do you think?
Is this a French film that will take the world by storm? Or just another quirky foreign film?
I was smiling all weekend.
Absolute genius - a film that sweeps you along and never lets you out of its warm but unpredictable grasp. Eccentric but very human, romantic but never sentimental, this is a film I will definitely watch over and over again. Thoroughly recommended.
Plotless, repetitive and boring as hell. Toilet sex scene and comedy reverberating restuarant embarrassingly self-plagiarised from Delicatessen.
A French person speaking of a French film. A really positive film that cheers you up once you've seen it. Both moving and na´ve. You see the world with children's eyes.
Fantastic...original and a real breath of fresh air. A must-see. But didn't we see the runaway gnome storyline on Coronation Street a number of years ago?
Audrey T is enchanting and wonderful as Amelie. A veritable feast of delights which everyone must see! In these troubled times it is perfect as heart-warming, feel-good escapism. Treat yourself today!
In my opinion it's not a normal film. Some very good pictures have been shot from the camera (like Alien?). It had a good start in Germany. I like the movie.
The most moving French film since The 400 Blows.
It is exactly what a film must be. Magic. The picture, the actors, the filming, the colours, etc. Everything is great.
Maybe I'm not totally objective because I am from a French culture, but it is very refreshing to have a film that is not loaded with explosions and killing.
A must for everyone.
A wonderful, heart-warming fantasy, laden with whimsy and delightful humour. My wife and I both think this is one of the best films of the year so far, if not THE best.
More genius from Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Quite different in tone from his previous films, but full of the unparalleled imagination.
The cinema I saw it in applauded at the end, and rightly so.
I live in St Albans. No cinema in Hertfordshire is showing this film yet. The assumption is that audiences outside London cannot cope with subtitles. It's a shame!
Brillant, loved it - a true masterpiece.
Loved every minute of this wonderful, uplifting film. Every character is lovingly detailed, from Amelie herself right down to the cat who likes hearing children's stories being read!
This to me is not "the best" French film ever made. Delicatessen had its own magical wonders too. But this film made me remember how truly wonderful the world is and if we only look at what beauty is right under our noses like Amelie and not further afield for happiness all the time, we may live happier, more fulfilling and more deeply loving lives. Merci Monsieur Jeunet.
I got to see this film in France early this year and even though my French wasn't quite up to the job it was still utterly delightful and visually superb. To be able to see it again with subtitles is a double delight. Une fabuleux destin...
Dislikes: People who think Amelie was boring.
Amelie is a very special, extraordinary film with a beautiful story and so many incredible ideas... It is funny and amusing and at the same time it is melancholic and sad. I liked it so much, I had to see it twice. The actors are brillant, especially the girl who's playing Amelie. Usually I'm not really into French movies, but this one is something very special.
For me, this year's most beautiful film!
Jay Tait, Edinburgh, Scotland
I thought that Amelie was breathtaking. It was so beautifully done and with such a feelgood vibe. Made me want to up sticks and head off to Paris!
Wow. What a beautiful, funny, charming (horrible word, I know, but completely appropriate). Totally marvellous.
Refreshing to see a wonderful, charming film that captivates with originality and panache. I hope this is a sign of things to come from European films. It certainly shows Europe can match and better Hollywood's offerings, especially this summer.
I've just read the press reviews as summarised by BBC News Online, and I have the impression that some of the critics completely missed the point of this film.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I think Monsieur Jeunet had his tongue firmly in his cheek. Even so, many of the problems faced by the characters are ones that we meet everyday. It is the resolution of said difficulties that involves the imagination, and ultimately its charm as an entertaining film. I love dark, cynical stories, but this work seems to be about laughing at ourselves, our problems and our environment. Reality can be grim, especially now.
Amelie is a rare gem of a film: funny, engaging, uplifting, and intensely romantic yet not soppy or cheesy. That is quite a feat to achieve.
An utterly wonderful film. Goodness know what ails those professional hacks who've rubbished it. Maybe they have just lost the ability to wonder!
The best film since Le Gout des Autres.
A wonderful tonic in these dark times. Amelie is a dreamy and optimistic experience. I came out of the cinema with a warm glow. Utterly enchanting!
It has been awhile since Amelie showed up in France. I have had the opportunity to see the reaction of the audience to the film in three different countries (and two languages): France, Belgium and Germany. I've seen it four times and felt the same tug on my heartstrings each time. And whatever country I was in, this proved to be the only movie I have seen in which the audience applaused at the end. Chapeau M. Jeunet. It is a masterpiece.
Just to prove what a positive feeling this film can give: when I saw it earlier this year, Parisians held the cinema doors open for each other and smiled as they left the cinema, rather than the usual letting doors slam in your face with a ready scowl. We need some more miraculous and magical films - quick, before they forget.
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