Essay about Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Film Amelie

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Film Amelie Imagination is an intrinsic part of the human experience. It has the power to mold reality by defining the limits of possibility and affecting perception. Both Alan White and Irving Singer examine aspects of this power in their respective works The Language of Imagination and Feeling and Imagination. White delineates how imagination is a necessary precursor to possibility (White 179) while Singer primarily illustrates imagination's effect on human relationships, such as love (Singer 29-48). Despite their different focuses, White and Singer demonstrate the impact that imagination has on human perceptions of reality. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film Amelie explores this facet of imagination: the film…show more content…
Between pursuits of her love interest, Amelie takes it upon herself to help the other characters in the film. Through her interactions with the other characters, A great contrast can be seen between the title character and the supporting cast. Whereas Amelie seems to bend the rules of reality with her imagination, many of the other character are locked down by their inability to imagine other possibilities. In helping these characters, Amelie's imagination also expands their imaginations and beliefs. Shortly after the opening sequences, the film introduces the landlady of Amelie's apartment, Madeleine Wallace. The maudlin woman mourns the loss of her lover Adrien but cannot resolve her feelings for him since he died while in the midst of an affair with his secretary. For Madeleine, the realm of possibility is confined by these facts; likewise, she is confined to the depths of despair. To allow Madeleine to move on, Amelie injects a new possibility into her mind by forging a letter from Madeleine's lover that apologizes for his indiscretions. Without such physical evidence, Madeleine would have remained tied down by her knowledge of her lover's affair and unable to imagine the possibility that Adrien had hoped to return to her. Amelie returns this notion from the realm of the inconceivable to the imaginable; in turn, Madeleine

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