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Stupeur et tremblements (2003)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 March 2003 (France)
A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a ... See full summary »

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Amélie
Kaori Tsuji ...
Fubuki
Tarô Suwa ...
Monsieur Saito
Bison Katayama ...
Monsieur Omochi
Yasunari Kondo ...
Monsieur Tenshi
Sôkyû Fujita ...
Monsieur Haneda
Gen Shimaoka ...
Monsieur Unaji
Heileigh Gomes ...
Amélie enfant
Eri Sakai ...
Fubuki enfant
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A Belgian woman looks back on her year at a Japanese corporation in Tokyo in 1990. She is Amélie, born in Japan, living there until age 5. After college graduation, she returns with a one-year contract as an interpreter. The vice president and section leader, both men, are boors, but her immediate supervisor, Ms. Mori, is beautiful and trustworthy. Amélie's downfall begins when she speaks perfect Japanese to clients. She compounds her failure by writing an excellent report for an enterprising colleague. The person she least expects to stab her in the back exposes her work. Thus begins her humiliations. What can become of her and of her relationship with Ms. Mori and with Japan? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Based on Amélie Nothomb's real-life experience when she was living Japan in her early twenties in the early 1990s . The real-life events narrated in the film took place at the same time than those narrated in Tokyo Fiancée (2014) which depicts Amélie Nothomb's romance with her then-fiancé Rinri. However, Tokyo Fiancée's director Stefan Liberski set his film in the early 2010s. See more »

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Fubuki's moles flip from one side of her face to the other during certain scenes. See more »

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Features Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983) See more »

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Goldberg Variations
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Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Pierre Hantai, harpsichord
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A kind of a female Svejk
11 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Luckily I read the book after I have seen the movie. Actually they transposed the book almost literally, with plenty of voice-over reading Amelie's comments from the novel. But anyway, it was enjoyable due to its real humor and anti-system irony. This movie has an atmosphere similar in a way to a kind of subtle, feminine "Office Space". Well, so ends another of our myths (Japanese efficiency)... I'm kidding! (Am I?) Don't you think Amelie is some kind of a modern days, female Svejk? She likes to appear dumb just in order to explore the stupidities of the system and to reveal them by obeying to anything. The implicit irony is the same in both characters. And Sylvie Testud was a pleasant surprise for me in that role, looking fragile but betrayed by her intelligent eyes. So, if you want even better fun, read the book!


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