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Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus


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One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her…  See more details below


One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Her mother Amandine (Lorella Cravotta) died in a freak accident when Amelie was eight, and her father Raphael (Rufus) had limited contact with her, since his presence seemed to throw her heart into high gear. Despite all this, Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting and she decides it's time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the cafe. Amelie starts by bringing together two lonely people -- Georgette (Isabelle Nanty), a tobacconist with a severe case of hypochondria, and Joseph (Dominique Pinon), an especially ill-tempered customer. When Amelie finds a box of old toys in her apartment, she returns them to their former owner, Mr. Bretodeau (Maurice Benichou), sending him on a reverie of childhood. Amelie befriends Dufayel (Serge Merlin), an elderly artist living nearby whose bones are so brittle, thanks to a rare disease, that everything in his flat must be padded for his protection. And Amelie decides someone has to step into the life of Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), a lonely adult video store clerk and part-time carnival spook-show ghost who collects pictures left behind at photo booths around Paris. Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amelie Poulain received unusually enthusiastic advance reviews prior to its French premiere in the spring of 2001, and was well received at a special free screening at that year's Cannes Film Festival.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Four years after his Alien: Resurrection met with a cool reaction from U.S. audiences, director Jean-Pierre Jeunet's return to French-language filmmaking is an eye-popping potpourri of magic realism. Pouty ingénue Audrey Tautou (Happenstance) is the titular heroine, a daydreaming anti-socialite who takes it upon herself to anonymously help others find happiness, whether through simple matchmaking in a café or having a garden gnome travel vicariously for her aging father (Rufus). The trouble is that no matter how hard she tries, Amélie can't seem to make herself happy, let alone open up to her secret crush, Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), a hobbyist who reconstructs discarded photo-booth pictures. A modern fairy tale bordering on a live-action cartoon, Jeunet's Oscar-nominated feel-good film is a visual banquet of gags, swooshes, and comic-book design. He eschews the dirty, monochromatic alleys of New Wave Paris for a candy-colored vision of prewar wonder, populated with lonesome eccentrics and forever awash in accordion music. Screenwriter Guillaume Laurant, who also contributed to the fancifully dark City of Lost Children, collaborates with Jeunet on a story that is at once emotionally gratifying and hilariously surreal; inanimate objects come to life, and a reclusive artist repaints the same Renoir every year. Despite all the magical set designs and storytelling, though, the movie is tout Tautou. With saucerlike eyes that could make Betty Boop jealous, her Amélie infuses every scene with both painful shyness and romantic keening. At one point, the movie proclaims the world a harsh place for dreamers. But it also proves a bouncy treat with the potential to change all that.
All Movie Guide
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, previously best-known for his collaborations with Marc Caro in Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children, Amélie exhibits the same brand of wicked humor and off-kilter humanism seen in those earlier films. Its plot revolves around its eponymous heroine (played by Audrey Tautou, channeling equal parts Audrey Hepburn and Olive Oyl), a wistful, lonely dreamer driven by her desire to help others. The product of an unhappy childhood -- mom was squashed by the suicide leap of a tourist from Quebec, dad was emotionally distant -- Amélie also craves love. In particular, she craves the love of Nino (director Mathieu Kassovitz), an equally wistful and completely adorable janitor/porn shop cashier she meets at a train station photo booth. Plot, however, tends to take back seat to style, which Jeunet layers on with the subtlety and glee of a drag queen who has just been given lipstick and a mascara wand. Through his eyes, Paris is less a city than an ongoing festival, resplendent with verdant vegetable stands, eccentric old artists, charming cafés, bubbling canals, endless blue skies, and -- as one sequence hilariously illustrates -- numerous couples who have no trouble attaining simultaneous orgasm. This vision raised the ire of a few French critics, who accused Jeunet of portraying Paris as little more than a close cousin to Euro Disney (where is Montmartre's graffiti? Where is its racial diversity?), peopled solely with the kind of cuddly if curmudgeonly characters found more typically in Tin Tin cartoons and Robert Doiseneau photographs. But such criticism misses the point. In Amélie, as in Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children, Jeunet has made a pure fantasy; its reality is that of a parallel universe, where perverse humor co-exists comfortably with genuine, if somewhat manic compassion. Whether he shows Amélie taking innocent pleasure in cracking the surface of a crème brulée or one of her co-workers engaging in a round of (literally) earth-shaking sex in a café bathroom, Jeunet portrays his characters with both loving self-indulgence and a keen appreciation for the absurd; he's aiming for light-hearted comedy, not kitchen sink realism. It is Jeunet's ability to temper his self-indulgence with absurdity that prevents Amélie from drowning in saccharine sentimentality. It is a "feel good" film, no doubt, but not the sort that people offer apologies for liking. Jeunet's energy, wit, and visual ingenuity are infectious. Even if we know that Montmartre is really strewn with trash and that Paris is often rainy and cold, it is hard not to be seduced by both Jeunet's vision of kind hearts, earthy humor, and fortuitous happenstance. Amélie was nothing less than a cinematic phenomenon in France, where it took in 40 million dollars, won an endorsement from President Jacques Chirac, and brought a new wave of tourists to Paris' Montmartre district, where its story is set.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
Amélie has a hypnotic sense of romance; it's a fable filled with longing, with a heroine who constantly flirts with failure. Just because the movie has the reflexes of a predatory animal doesn't mean it lacks a heart.
Washington Post - Desson Howe
There's so much here, and all of it delightful.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
A delicious pastry of a movie.
Boston Globe - Jay Carr
Delightful and original, the film conjures up a corner of Paris distinct and specific, yet fairy-tale fanciful.

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Miramax Lionsgate
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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

The look of Amélie; Fantasies of Audrey Tautou; Q&A with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet ; Q&A with director and cast ; Auditions ; Storyboard comparison ; An intimate chat with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet ; "Home Movies" inside the making of Amélie ; TV spots -English & French ; Theatrical trailer - U.S. & French ; Cast & crew filmographies ; The Amélie scrapbook

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Audrey Tautou Amélie
Mathieu Kassovitz Nino Quincampoix
Rufus Raphael Poulain (Amélie's father)
Yolande Moreau Madeleine Wallace
Artus de Penguern Hipolito (the writer)
Urbain Cancelier Collignon (the grocer)
Dominique Pinon Joseph
Maurice Bénichou Bretodeau (the box man)
Claude Perron Eva (the strip teaser)
Isabelle Nanty Georgette
Claire Maurier Suzanne
Serge Merlin Dufayel
Clotilde Mollet Gina
Jamel Debbouze Lucien
André Dussollier Narrator
Michel Robin Old Man Collignon
Lorella Cravotta Amandine Poulain
Flora Guiet Amélie (8 years old)
Armelle Philomene
Amaury Babault Nino (as a child)
Jean Darie The Blind Man
Ticky Holgado The Photo Booth Man
Marc Amyot The Stranger
Andrée Damant Mrs. Collignon
Dominique Bettenfeld The Screaming Neighbor
Frankye Pain The Newsstand Woman
Eugene Berthier Eugene Koler
Marion Pressburger Credits Helper
Charles-Roger Bour The Urinal Man
Luc Palun Amandine's Grocer
Fabienne Chaudat Woman in Coma
Jacques Viala The Customer Who Humiliates His Friend
Fabien Behar The Humiliated Customer
Jonathan Joss The Humiliated Customer's Son
Jean-Pierre Becker The Bum
Thierry Gibault The Endive Client
Franois Bercovici His Buddy
Guillaume Viry Dominique Bredoteau Woman
Valérie Zarrouk Bretodeau as a child
Marie-Laure Descoureaux The Dead Man's Concierge
Sophie Tellier Aunt Josette
Gérald Weingand The Teacher
Francois Viaur The Bar Owner
Paule Dare His Employee
Myriam Labbe The Tobacco Buyer
Robert Gendreu Café Patron
Julianna Kovacs Grocer's Client
Mady Malroux Twin
Monette Malroux Twin
Valériane De Villeneuve The Laughing Woman
Isis Peyrade Samantha
Raymonde Heudeline Phantom Train Cashier
Christiane Bopp Woman By The Merry-Go-Round
Thierry Arfeuilleres Statue Man
Jerry Lucas The Sacré-Coeur Boy
Patrick Paroux The Street Prompter
Francois Aubineau The Concierge's Postman
Philippe Beautier Poulain's Postman
Régis Iacono Felix L' Herbier
Franck-Olivier Bonnet Palace Video
Alain Floret The Concierge's Husband
Jean-Pol Brissard The Postman
Jacques Thebault Voice Only
Frederic Mitterrand Voice Only

Technical Credits
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Director,Screenwriter
Vincent Arnardi Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Sylvie Bello Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre-Jacques Benichou Casting
Aline Bonetto Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design
Jean-Baptiste Bonetto Special Effects
Rémi Canaple Stunts
Patrick Cauderlier Stunts
Noël Chainbaux Special Effects
Sophie Chiabaut Sound/Sound Designer
Bruno Delbonnel Cinematographer
Yves Domenjoud Special Effects
Edouard Dubois Consultant/advisor
Véronique Elise Costumes/Costume Designer
Valerie Espagne Casting
Madeline Fontaine Costumes/Costume Designer
Pascaline Girardot Stunts
Oliver Gleyze Special Effects
Gerard Hardy Sound Editor
Jean-Claude Lagniez Stunts
Guillaume Laurant Screenwriter
Emma Lebail Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Lenoir Special Effects
Guillaume Leriche Sound/Sound Designer
Claudie Ossard Producer
Thierry Reymoneno Special Effects
Volker Schaefer Art Director
Herve Schneid Editor
Sébastien Seveau Stunts
Antoine Simkine Executive Producer
Yann Tiersen Score Composer
Nathalie Tissier Makeup
Jean Umansky Sound/Sound Designer
Arne Meerkamp Van Embden Producer
Christophe Vassort Asst. Director
Les Versaillais Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Amelie
1. Opening Credits Amélie's Childhood [9:04]
2. Montmartre [5:09]
3. The Memory Box [7:15]
4. Looking for Bredoteau [9:09]
5. Amélie, Guardian Angel [8:18]
6. Soul Mates [8:35]
7. Amélie Strikes Again [9:44]
8. Grumpy Collignon [7:43]
9. Amélie Looks for Nino [6:17]
10. Games [1:31]
11. New Strategies [1:58]
12. The Mystery Man Unveiled [2:28]
13. "When and Where?" [8:07]
14. Rendezvous at the Photo Booth [7:05]
15. "Absence Makes..." [6:24]
16. Seizing an Opportunuty [6:11]
17. End Credits [6:28]

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Amelie 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
alivalentine More than 1 year ago
I must admit, I fell in love with Amelie- both the protagonist and movie itself -the second the film began. It is highly aesthetically-pleasing and simultaneously a bit melancholy yet completely heartwarming. There is not a single movie that I enjoy more than this one; perfect for First Dates, Rainy Days or evenings when you need a bit of a European Pick-Me-Up.
75sunshine More than 1 year ago
Subtitles? What subtitles? Fall in love with Amelie, as she takes you through her neurotic life and her crazy adventures. This colorful and thoughtful movie will leave you full of hope, inspiration and a smile at the end. Beautifully filmed, and a little quirky. LOVE THIS FILM!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amélie may be over a decade old, but it is like a breath of fresh air. The music alone is enough to make a person want to watch. A very enjoyable movie!
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Hey all, when I went to see this movie, I had no idea what it was about. And I have to say, this is one of the only movies in a long time that has kept me laughing the entire time. The characters are cute and funny, and totally different from most. It's in french with subtitles so you have to pay attention the entire time, but the movie more than makes up for it! I loved it and I recommend it to anyone who wants to laugh and can take some funny sex jokes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film was the smartest and was the most fun that I've had at the movies in a long time. You never want it to stop! It will transform you into a creme brule cracking-rock skipping-do gooder in no time ( or at least make you think about turning over a new leaf) As satifying and refreshing as a good cool icecream cone in the midst of all the violent and huge movies this summer- definatly the best thing I've seen in a real long time. ( and plus it's so darn cute!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amelie is the most charming and witty movie yet! It has a delightful plot that unfolds with ever unforgettable glance from the movie's very own star, Amelie. It is now my favorite movie and everyone should watch it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw Amelie, it was cathartic. I went home and cried inexplicably. I don't think I would characterize it as ''cute.'' Not to sound cliche, but it was beautiful. What is so remarkable about it is how real it is. Yes, there are fictional/fantastical elements in it, but the emotion, the display of the simple pleasures, dislikes, and needs of humankind were very real. This movie challenged me to wonder if I could live for something more than what I've been living for. Do I do what I do because I don't know how to live any other way? What does it mean to really live? Amelie is a wonderful film--it will get in your soul, and it will make you not only want to visit Paris, but perhaps dare to experience life differently.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a french major, I have seen dozens of french films. But this is the first film that I believe truly depicts france and the french. It's beautiful, deep, maybe even a little eccentric but that's essentially what the French are. The soundtrack on this movie is also superb.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulin is fabulous indeed. It's everything a French movie should be. It's quirky, intelligent, funny, dreamy ... It also has one of the most beautiful shots I've seen lately (the sequence where Amelie was skipping stones across the canal). From the moment Amelie's conception was described and the announcement of Princess Diana's crash, the movie is basically an emotional roller-coaster ride. Love the Garden Gnome jokes. Beutiful portrayal of the characters also by both Audrey Tatou and Matthieu Kassovitz. A must see. The soundtrack too is quintessentially French.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is hard to imagine a film with more heart than Jean-Pierre Jeunet's ''Amelie''. Whether the title character (played with wide-eyed whimsy by Audrey Tautou) is having her heart examined by her physician father, skipping stones across a canal, playing matchmaker for lonely hearts, reuniting worn down old men with their innocent past, or even torturing those who deserve it, the direction and acting keeps the movie rapidly moving along with such emotion, exuberence, and charm that one forgets she is watching a movie and gets completely drawn in. All this despite the fantastical nature of the film and its characters. It is rare that a film can be so charming and affecting without being overly sentimental. The personality, charisma, and palpable love of life of the title character and the director allow this film to shine. Nearly ever scene bursts with heart and vivid beauty under a romanticized Parisian backdrop. If you cannot enjoy this film, then you too may need your heart examined.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you live in a not-so perfect world you need to get an eye opener everyonce in a while. Amelie is just the movie to do that. Watching her go and become every one's guardian angel is a pleasing change to the blow'em world that we live in. It makes you smile and wonder if there is anything in the world that you can do at least a little to fix in your own way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amelie has to be the greatest film I've ever seen. Jeunet along with the City of Lost Children shows his genius with great cinematographical shots and an awesome story line.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just watched this movie today when I rented it, and I fell in love with it. It's a ''quirky'' and slightly surreal yet lovable and perfect. I love Audrey Tautou, who plays Amelie. She is almost innocent seeming, with her big eyes and definitely a ''glass half full'' type of person. The whole movie will charm and endear you, and give Paris (and Montmarte) a special place in your heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amelie is a wonderful movie with astoundingly beautiful cinematography. The story is incredible and will more than likely melt the heart of even the most wizened cynic. Although I should be make it clear that the movie is not overwhelmed with sappy moments. It just leaves the watcher with a pleasant hum in their heart and daydreams on their mind. This movie just makes a person smile.