From California to Lyon, France: living & studying abroad…and coming back!
If you’re studying French or have ever studied French, you’ve probably seen this comedy/romance/certified fresh/foreign/feel-good film:
But if you haven’t, I recommend it!
I’ve seen it before, but I recently re-watched it one cozy movie night in. I found it on Netflix‘s Instant Watch.
Made back in 2001, this quirky French film has found its way into many English-speaking hearts. Ever seen Pushing Daisies? It definitely has that vibe. Characters are strange, unique, and interesting – especially Amélie herself, a young waitress at a café in Montmarte (remember Sacré Coeur? Yeah, over by there!) who, through a life-changing moment, sets off to improve the lives of the people around her.
But while doing so, shy & quirky Amélie must question if she has the courage to improver her own life, too.
It does have a lot of slang and the actors don’t necessarily articulate very well, though, so English or French subtitles/sous-titres are recommended for sure.
And if you have a thing for beautiful traditional French music, you’ll love the soundtrack.
So give it a chance! Amélie, her mission, and her world really do wonders in depicting la joie de vivre — the joy of living — in so many ways.
Here’s the theme song: