The Sub-urbs of France reflect a different kind of Nuance: Families have specific oddities, and the further one finds themselves away from the city discovery into different, more detailed obsessions, idiosyncratic obsessions and anxieties become easier.
Amelie, a girl from the French sub-urbs, is born into an odd couple. Her father determines – self diagnoses – a heart arrhythmia, apparently suffered by his daughter, causing her to travel and socialise less among her peers. The family become insular and choose to protect their child from an imagined heart problem.
Growing up a-social, Amelie becomes very fond of people, however distant she feels her self to be. This odd detailed obsession reflects differently in the life of a now city girl – a happy, if not, comforting approach.
She takes interest into those that most perceive ‘different’ enough to keep away, leaving them in the peripheries of society, for their obsessions, illnesses, anxieties,nuances are not matched by society’s readily available set of ‘disorder’ packages.
A comical, yet tragic approach: Amelie is tailed into a life of attempting to help others, spotting their desires, differences and wants, only to help herself in the process. Working in a small, French cafe/bar proves relatively welcoming to the broken, lonely – the un-published writer, misunderstood romantic lady.
Of course she feels, the baggage of the past on her psyche, a positive connection with people, connotations relative to her life, in fact; de facto, Amelie is pulled into a world of possibilities and all that she ever wanted to do – and love: Helping others, making life welcoming to joy, loving the mundane and being ore’d by the magnificent.
Of course Amelie falls in love; and, indeed, it is at odds with the city – the suburbs, too.
Amelie makes us humble, tunes the viewer into a ambient of familiar yet extraordinary moments that all can relate; the almost comedic voiceover adds the much needed ingredient of clarification into the fascinating and emotionally grounded woman.
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amelie, a waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, a baby-faced executer of joy, ships our attention from the detailed assumption of sad, lonely childhood equalling an equally dull adulthood to a world of happiness. We bring joy by making joy possible for others: Frenchly charming.