The hybrid nature of the film Amélie strengthens the exploration of multiple motifs and themes including magical realism, loneliness, and transformation. Many critics and audiences link Amélie to the literary genre of fairytales, however the plot in the film is not supernatural. The world around Amélie shows magical elements in a way that makes is seem like everything is possible. “Objects and photographs come to life and discuss the action; clouds adopt the reassuring shapes of cuddly toys; a street prompter suggests witty comments; and personal dreams are broadcast on television” (Vanderschelden 39). These elements add life to the film, however they do not deviate from the plot and make it seem impossible. The film is very real with magical elements present, therefore showing a common motif of magical realism throughout all aspects of it. Another theme present in Amélie is loneliness. All of the characters throughout the film portray different versions of loneliness by having lost contact with their surrounding community. Their loneliness is more circumstantial than voluntary however because they all would confide in others when given the opportunity. All of this loneliness present in Amélie can also symbolize how it is a pure nostalgia film (Vanderschelden 41). Everyone seems to be longing and yearning for something spontaneous/good to happen in his or her life. Lastly, a major theme present in this film is transformation and the goal of bettering people’s lives. Amélie makes it her mission to create happiness in all of the people surrounding her. However, she does not necessarily transform them herself. Instead, “she propels them backwards, providing a necessary distance for them to reconsider their existence so that closure and behavior change may take place” (Vanderschelden 41). For example, she does not tell Bretodeau to renew links with his family; the fact that his old childhood memories resurfaced made him feel it necessary to do so. However, without Amélie finding his old toy box and giving it to him, this transformation never would have occurred. Magical realism, loneliness, and transformation are some of the many themes and motifs present in the film, Amélie.