Amelie and voyeurism

The film's plot, the characters and Jeunet's camera illicit a very voyeuristic theme; if we are not content in our lives, we observe, or invade the lives of others to feel content. This concept is very true in Amelie, as the characters find pleasure not in their relationships, but in the actual lives of other people.

From the beginning of the film, Jean Pierre Jeneut brings the viewer into the private lives of the characters. Jeneut introduces each character with his or her own shot, and a voice over that learns the viewer of each character's most simple, and personal likes and dislikes. The narrator explains them in a simple manner as the camera tracks in on a close up of the particular activity "Raphael Poulain does not like peeing next to someone, he also does not like scornful glances at his sandals...nor does he like clingy, wet swim trunks...He likes peeling off wallpaper...lining up his shoes then shining them...emptying his toolbox, cleaning it, and putting everything back.aE Jeunet shoots these bizarre urges, and dislikes with a moving camera, that simply observes. The viewer is brought into the secret world of all the film's characters as Jeunet goes through the same sequence with every one of his c



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