AmelieDirector: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus
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.
A delicious pastry of a movie.
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- [Wide Screen]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|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)|
|Maurice Bénichou||Bretodeau (the box man)|
|Claude Perron||Eva (the strip teaser)|
|Michel Robin||Old Man Collignon|
|Lorella Cravotta||Amandine Poulain|
|Flora Guiet||Amélie (8 years old)|
|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|
|Valériane De Villeneuve||The Laughing Woman|
|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|
|Vincent Arnardi||Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sylvie Bello||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Aline Bonetto||Production Designer,Set Decoration/Design|
|Jean-Baptiste Bonetto||Special Effects|
|Noël Chainbaux||Special Effects|
|Sophie Chiabaut||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Yves Domenjoud||Special Effects|
|Véronique Elise||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Madeline Fontaine||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Oliver Gleyze||Special Effects|
|Gerard Hardy||Sound Editor|
|Emma Lebail||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Daniel Lenoir||Special Effects|
|Guillaume Leriche||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Thierry Reymoneno||Special Effects|
|Volker Schaefer||Art Director|
|Antoine Simkine||Executive Producer|
|Yann Tiersen||Score Composer|
|Jean Umansky||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Arne Meerkamp Van Embden||Producer|
|Christophe Vassort||Asst. Director|
|Les Versaillais||Special Effects|
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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.
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!!
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!
I found out about this movie by watching figure skating one day. Belbin and Agosto used the soundtrack for their long program and I eventually wanted to watch the movie. I loved every second of it. It was charming, funny, and the music was just amazing. I'm telling you, go watch it. If any of your friends say anything about how foreign films are not worth their time, tell them they need to watch Amelie! I hope you enjoy it!!!
This is the sexiest that Audrey Tatou has ever been save for the last scene on the stairs of 'Coco Before Chanel' The Beastlord Slavedragon
Amelie is and forever will be one of my most favorite movies. It is so brilliantly compiled together and you instantly fall in love with Amelie. She is quirky, compassionate, mysterious, and curious all wrapped into one. it is a hilarious,light-hearted, and beautiful film for anyone to enjoy.
this movie makes me happy!!! happy!!!happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!! happy!!!
I saw Amelie purely by chance, and I consider that pure luck. The movie was described to me as ''heart warming'' but really it is ''heart melting, joyful, wonderful, amazing, spectacular''. Don't let the fact that it's in French put you off-it is an absolute joy.
The film, Amelie, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and staring Mathieu Kassovitz and Audrey Tautou, may deter many typical American moviegoers because of the fact that it is a foreign film. Despite, or maybe because of this fact, I found the film to be a delightful escape from everyday life to a fantastical and beautiful Paris. Some may complain of the subtitles, but I found that they add to the overall feel of the film. Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a charming young French woman living in Montmartre, a section of northern Paris on top of Montmartre hill. An ¿average height girl¿ who is ¿not a dwarf but not a giraffe¿ and ¿pretty for her type¿, she is a girl who has trouble communicating with others. This stems back to her childhood, both of her parents were cold and unaffectionate and she had no friends or playmates because she was home schooled. Towards the beginning of the film, she has a life changing event and develops a penchant for acts of clever mischief which alter the lives of those around her for the better. The life changing event which she experiences is the discovery of a rusty metal box inside the wall of her apartment containing a young boy¿s forgotten treasures. She makes a decision that she will find the owner of the box and return it to them, if they are moved she will become a regular do-gooder, if not, so be it. After a couple days of searching she finds the owner of the box, who is now 50 years old, and returns it anonymously, but watching from afar. The man begins to weep, he realizes that life is short and decides to get in touch with his daughter that he has not spoken to in years, and meet, for the first time, his grandson. From this day forth she begins her random and anonymous acts of mischievous kindness. Mathieu Kassovitz delivers an excellent performance in the role of Nino Quincampoix, a strange yet handsome young man who Amelie decides she is in love with after she happens to see in the train station one day. The often obsessive-compulsive seeming Nino (his hobby is collecting other people¿s pictures from under the photo booths in the train station) is the perfect match for the eccentric Amelie. Overall, I would say that this is a rather wonderful film and watching it is well worth your time. However if you are a big fan of Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sylvester Stallone, or Hillary Duff you may want to steer clear.
When my sister told me that we were watching a subtitled french movie, I nearly just went to bed. I am so glad I didn't, because it was inspiring, wonderful, and absolutely hilarious. Take it from the relatively uncultured thirteen year old Iowan, it's great.
This is an incredible movie. Recently, I've found myself unable to watch more than the first half of a movie without getting bored. However, this movie kept me from begining to end. It is the uberr0xor.
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.
Clean, bright, pure, kind! It is so unusual now among war, action, horror, violence on the screen. You will love this girl and the movie. Thanks to french people who created this treasure.
Amelie is one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen.