Amelie

amelie-the-movieFabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain, Le (2001).

Translated as “Amelie from Montmartre”. Direct translation: “The Fabulous Destiny of Amelie Poulain” (well, I’m guessin’ here). Actual known title: Amelie…Sheesh.

Set in Paris, the story features the main character Amelie (Audrey Tautou), a rather lonely but sweet and quite imaginative (read: weird) young woman. Through the invisible Narrator’s eyes, we follow and silently applaud her as she does one good deed after another (if the receivers deserve it) and, sometimes, exacts her own brand of creative revenge (for herself and other underdogs). But always, she does these in secret. She is contented being some kind of secret modern-day Robin Hood and making others happy until she meets someone and realizes that she, too, needs her own miracle.

I do not exactly know how to categorize this movie. An adventure-mystery-comedy-fantasy-romantic story. Yes, in that order. Or if I may make it more general, it is a feel-good piece of art.

An original story, told in an engaging and different manner, the story takes us to the world of Amelie and the people around her. One does not have time to be bored even for a single second. Wonderful, interesting and very creative story-telling. Wonderful, interesting and very creative cinematography and stunning visuals. Wonderful, interesting and very creative protagonist. Wonderful, interesting and very creative Audrey Tautou.

“Wonderful, interesting and very creative.” That sums it all up. So if you need a dose of feel-goodies, Amelie is a very good medicine. Amelie is certainly one heck of an eye-, and even heart-, candy.

Definitely.

At Play in the Fields of the Lord

I was just rummaging through my stuff some weeks ago and found something I wanted to share. Then I forgot. So I was rummaging again and voila! This is a brief film review that I had to write for school. Obviously, I was much younger, judging from the lack of depth and the way I wrote, but I’m sharing anyway. Changed just a word or two, added names of actors and edited the looooong paragraph. No stars given as I need to see the movie again to be able to cirticize better.

This must be my very first film review, ever! My advanced apologies 🙂

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One of my first film reviews, and it shows! Oh, well, just in time for a post-Holy Week post. Found this from the Boston University site

AT PLAY IN THE FIELDS OF THE LORD

In my opinion, At Play in the Fields of the Lord is not simply a movie. It is a movie of importance.

Historically, Filipinos can relate to the Indians’ problem. That is why even if I haven’t personally experienced what my ancestors and the Indians went through, I can understand how they felt. The introduction of Christianity is a noble deed, as long as one is sincere in his intentions, and the effect on the ones to whom it is introduced would not be more on the negative side.

In the movie, it is cleary shown that there are people like Leslie (John Lithgow) who pretend, who try to appear so saintly, when they do not really care about the “uncivilized.” I don’t know if there is such a thing, but I would call it the ‘Hero Complex.’ There are people who feel like they are the only ones who can save everyone and feel like the world owes it to them. It is also clearly shown in the movie that what is good for you may not be good for others, that if you push them to comply with what you think is right, it may just hurt them.

Like the experience of the Indians. They were not ready to embrace Christianity. They were only coaxed with goods. Where did that lead them? Martin (Aidan Quinn) was sincere in his intentions but still, he resorted to bribery, reason enough for the Indians to embrace Christianity without being ready. And what about Lewis Moon (Tom Berenger)? He did not want Christianity to enter the tribes. In fact, he joined the Indians. But it proved to be dangerous. He wasn’t about to let go of what he was in the past, kissed Leslie’s wife Andy (Daryl Hannah), and killed practically the whole tribe…Sometimes, it is better to let others be.

Some aspects of the movie may not be realistic but the fact is, most of it is realistic, even the nudity. Basically, the movie is actually good.