le fabuleux destin d’amélie poulain

Amélie is one of my favourite films. It’s a 2001 French film directed by Jean-Pierre Juenet and written by Juenet and Guillaume Laurant, and has a score perfectly suited to an afternoon of studying or just staring out of the window.

In the film, Amélie Poulain is a twenty-something year old waitress in a Montmartre café, with a unique sense of the world and people around her. I don’t want to give any of the film away, but I will say that I loved the character of Amélie so much, it made me want to start taking French seriously. I watched the film in my French class in eighth grade and have rewatched it four times (this year) since.

“Without you, today’s emotions would be the scurf of yesterday’s.”

The film is beautiful  – aesthetically and in terms of content. The colours are vibrant and the narrator’s voice is wonderful, and it’s full of lightness and confusion and death and Dominiques.

You should definitely watch it.

Here’s a little piece of one of my favourite podcasts – My Brother, My Brother and Me – about Amélie.

On the last Thursday of every month, there’s a French film showing at Maboneng. I learnt about that though a man who I sat next to at a restaurant. You should come, if you’re in Johannesburg. 

Have a lovely Saturday.

Love and light, 

shalom xo

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