amelie brings me joy. with everything that’s going on in the world and feeling paranoia creeping in, i just wanted to escape to a movie. the french film, amelie, had some unbelievable moments, but not enough to make it a great film. some scenes though, were just amazing and imaginatively shot. very quirky and romantic, the story is like a fairy tale, but maybe too cute and maybe a little too long…it got bogged down in the second hour and i found myself looking at my watch. it’s mostly worth seeing because it’s so visually stunning. i’ve been writing a lot about hot women in recent movies but audrey tautou, in the title role, is different. not hot in a shagadelic sort of way, just plain beautiful and interesting to look at. i couldn’t take my eyes off the screen when her face was on it. bright smile and big, black eyes. the movie also stars one of my favorite works of art, renoir’s luncheon of the boating party, which lives at the phillips collection in my second home, washington dc. i remember when i first saw it there…it just glowed and floated on the wall where it hung(and much bigger than i thought it would be). they have it grandly displayed too.