Of course, I had seen this film before. But why can`t I tell what I think about it now? I`m not weird enough to add this to the date when I first saw the film - it was quite a long time ago and I`ve wouldn`t remember it that good, had I written only based on the first watching. So, Amelie is a waitress in a cafe in Paris but her life changes one day when she finds a "treasure box" a boy hid in her suite some fourty years ago. And she decides to find the owner of childrens stuff she has found. And from that day everything goes in another way than it did before. The film is directed by the same Mr. Jeunet that created "The city of lost children" and "Delicatessen". "Amelie" also has a weird world in it but it`s not dark and dreary anymore - it`s just weird, every person has his little funny hobbies which don`t do other people no harm. The message of the film is a positive one, and it`s not sad and funny, it`s just funny without being primitive at all. Probably one of the best films I`ve ever seen. And it gave Audrey Tautou international fame - which she certainly deserved. It was nominated for five Oscars but didn`t receive a single one - and I don`t even wonder why.
The latest at the moment film by J.P. Jeunet reconnects him with the biggest star of any of his film - Audrey Tautou whom he made really big in "Amelie". As it`s quite characteristic to Jeunet most of the other actors have also appeared in his films before, most notably in "Delicatessen" and "City of the lost children". "A very long engagement" is probably the most realistic of the major works done by Jeunet (I`m not counting "Alien: resurrection" as a major work for obvious reasons, for it`s merely a try to get more money). Five French soldiers are condemned to death in WW1 for trying to injure themselves in order to get away from the war. Those include an ex-carpenter, a former peasant, an ex-pimp, a technical worker and a young boy named Manech, who`s fiancee Mathilde is waiting for him at home. They are sent to no man`s land where they are bound to be killed either by the Germans or by the French. Now, when the war is over, Mathilda still wants to believe that Manech is alive and she finds to find any survivors from the group of five. She is being helped by being rather wealthy from the money her family`s lawyer got her when her parents died in an accident when she was litte. She is a bit limited because of her legs that don`t work really because of some injuries that she has suffered. And then she learns to know that she isn`t the only one looking for survivors - so is Tina Lombardi, a prostitute and lover of the pimp of the group. Could she be on to something? I don`t want to tell much, I only want to say that this was one of the best war movies I`d seen so far and that I would now even be ready to see "Cold mountain" although I have some belief that the latter would be a bit more patriotic than "A very long engagement".
Kad daudzviet lasīju par šo Žanpjēra Žonē filmu, ka tā esot diezgan smaga izgāšanās, es visu laiku domāju - nu, nevar tā būt, ka "Amēlijas", "Delikatešu" un "City of lost children" režisors pēkšņi būs radījis totālu mēslu. Gan jau ka būs līdzīgi kā tas ir ar svaigākajām Terry Gilliam filmām - man patiks, neatkarīgi no iznīcinošās kritikas. Bet šoreiz diemžēl nekas cits, kā peldēt pa straumi man nesanāks. "Micmacs" ir nevis filma, bet viena vienīga putra. Lai gan, kā izrādās, kritiķi nemaz pret to tik nežēlīgi nav bijuši, un es pat sanāk, ka varbūt nemaz tik daudz slikta par to dzirdējis nebiju.
Šķiet, ka Žanpjēra Ženē slavas virsotnes laiks ir aiz muguras - katrā ziņā man šķiet gandrīz neiespējami, ka viņam vēl kādreiz izdosies atkārtot to maģiju, kas bija "Amēlijā" un viņa agrīnajās filmās. Tomēr manī bija gana daudz nepacietības, pirms skatījos viņa jaunāko veikumu - angļvalodīgo "T.S. Spivet" lenti, kurā uz ekrāna redzama allaž īpatnēji valdzinošā Helēna Bonema Kārtere (tiesa - ne galvenajā lomā).