In French, with English subtitles, the charming cult classic “Amelie” is coming for 2 nights only, August 13 and 14 to the Loft Theatre’s Late Night Cult Classics (10 p.m. showings).
“Nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Original Screenplay, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s magical French comedy is perhaps one of the most charming movies of all time. Amélie (played by the impish Audrey Tautou, in a role that forever made her an arthouse pin-up girl) is a painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris cafe. One day she makes the grand decision to help other lonely people fix their lives, dedicating herself to inspiring others to find true happiness … in the most delightfully unexpected ways. Her widowed father yearns to travel but won’t, so to inspire the old man she sends his garden gnome on a tour of the world; with whispered gossip, she brings together two cranky regulars at her café; she reverses the doorknobs and reprograms the speed dial of a grocer who’s mean to his assistant. Gradually she realizes her own life needs fixing, and a chance meeting leads to her most elaborate stratagem of all.
A beguiling mixture of cartoonish comedy, visual panache and whimsical romanticism, Jeneut’s follow-up to his classic films “Delicatessen” and “City of Lost Children” is sheer movie bliss.”
Don’t miss this one, as it’s an all inspiring, quirky, “do gooder” type of movie with a French twist. This movie actually made me smile! The Loft Cinema is at 3233 E. Speedway, east of Country Club.
Coming up in September for this same cult classic series: “The Big Lebowski” on September 3 to 6, for you Joel and Ethan Coen brothers fans.