Jean-Perre Jeunet (France, 2001, 132 min.)
Perhaps the only feature film in which a photobooth acts as a catalyst to the central action of the story, Amélie was a critical and commercial success from the co-director of Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children, Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amélie (Audrey Tautou), a shy Parisian waitress, dedicates her life to making an impact in the lives of others. Not nearly as corny as it sounds, the film is beautifully shot, breathtakingly clever, and very enjoyable.
Amélie first encounters Nino (Matthieu Kassovitz) as he collects scraps of unwanted photographs from underneath a photobooth in the Abesses metro station in Paris. As their paths continue to intertwine, Amélie finds an album he has made in which he reassembles the ripped photos and comments on their subjects. She soons begins sending him messages in the form of photobooth pictures, enticing hime to come forward to retrieve his lost album. The numerous photobooths used in the film were located in the Metro and rail stations of Paris.
Contributed by Brian