How Amélie Changed My Life

Have you ever seen the movie Amélie?


If you haven’t, go buy it right now. I wish I could say go watch it on Netflix, but that should be a good sign – it’s too amazing to be free on Netflix.

I first watched Amélie my freshmen year of college. My two roommates and I were good enough friends to start sharing things with each other, such as movies. We watched it right before going to dinner in the cafeteria and I don’t think I spoke a single word because I was so mesmerized by a single character – Amélie.

She changed my life.

Here’s what I learned:

1. It’s okay to be a little weird.

Instead, she cultivates a taste for small pleasures: dipping her hand into sacks of grain, cracking créme brulée with a teaspoon, and skipping stones at St. Martin’s Canal.

In the movie, Amélie is a quiet girl who lives a quiet life. Much like everyone else, whether or not they admit to it, she has her secret hobbies, such as skipping stones and cracking creme brulee. She has a quirky haircut; she wears funny shoes. She is endearing and relatable and I liked her right away.

2. This weirdness can be applied to crushes.

I still freeze up like a third grader when I see a boy I like. I will stop talking, put down whatever food I’m eating, and just…not be a normal person.

I’m working on it.

Amélie’s heart almost beats out of her chest.


I know she’s a fictional character (kind of ) but it’s reassuring that there are other people that get as freaked out as I do.

3. But don’t let your insecurities hold you back from opportunities.

It’s okay to be quiet and quirky, but if you want to try something or you like someone or you want to say something: do it!

We don’t all have mentors like the Glass Man, who encourages Amélie to live in all the ways that he can’t – but that’s what movies are for. So listen to the Glass Man.

“So, little Amélie, your bones aren’t made of glass. You can take life’s knocks. If you let this chance go by, eventually your heart will become as dry and brittle as my skeleton. So…Go and get him, for pete’s sake!”

I won’t spoil the ending – but I wouldn’t watch it over and over again if I didn’t like it.


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