MSPIFF 2015: This is a whimsical version of Amelie set in Japan starring a young woman named Amelie (based on the story written by Amelie Nothumb). It isn’t a remake, but more a feel-alike with innocence and quirkiness abound. Amelie is obsessed with actually being Japanese (she’s a Japan-born Belgian) and meets a young man who is obsessed with a French-speaking girl. They struggle over cultural and language differences and try to understand each other, and their own obsessions. The climax of the story actually had the audience gasping (with actual footage of some fairly fresh events in Japan).

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