AmelieDirector: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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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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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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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.