Amelie

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Overview

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...
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Overview

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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Special Features

Audio commentary with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet ; The look of Amélie; Fantasies of Audrey Tautou; Screen tests; Q&A with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Q&A with director and cast ; Storyboard comparison; An intimate chat with Jean-Pierre Jeunet; "Home Movies" - inside the making of Amélie ; Trailer and tv spots ; The Amélie scrapbook
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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
1/2
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/19/2011
  • UPC: 031398140573
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Source: Miramax Lionsgate
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Español
  • Time: 2:02:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 224

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 Voice Only
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 Voice Only
Alain Floret Voice Only
Jean-Pol Brissard Voice Only
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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Visually and Emotionally stimulating.

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Been a favorite since the first viewing.

    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!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2014

    Highly Recommended!

    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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Truly an Amazing film

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Yvonne the sheet buyer

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Movie

    I really loved this movie, enough to put the money into owning a copy of my own. There's nothing totally astonishing about it, but the movie as a whole just flows. It's a great movie to escape to. It's an inviting movie and I recommend watching it at least once.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Amelie

    I found this movie to be long and boring, with no real plot. I can't understand what all the fuss is about.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Refreshing

    The beautiful sound of the French language only magnifies the simple and basic story of a sweet and colorful character, Amelie. I love, love, love this movie! Audrey Tautou is just precious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    J'amie Amelie!! I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A truly inspiring foreign film!

    I first saw this film at the international cinema at my university and fell in love with it. Even if you're not big into foreign films or don't speak French I highly recommend this film! It is funny, inspiring, and a unique movie experience. Definitely a must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eccentric, bright, and funny

    Amelie is a movie defintely worth your time. I laughed all throughout, and was very pleased at everything that went on in the movie. It is French, and you do have to read the subtitles if you can't understand French. That aspect seemed like a big deal to me at first, but the dialogue is written so well, I didn't mind after.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awsome!

    One of the best foriegn films ever! Audrey Tautou is absolutely briliant as the young, quirky and wonderful young woman. I adore her in this film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Awesomeness!

    The greatest movie I have seen so far. It also gives me goosebumps just thinking about it. 2 years ago, a friend from France told me it was a wonderful movie, so I decided to watch it. I agree..you fall in love with it. The music is great, especially "valse d'Amelie." I just can't find the words to express how much I love this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amelie gets better with every viewing!

    I wasn't expecting to like this movie. My sister brought it home and said it was a French film. I usually avoid French films or anything French for that matter because of my bad experiences while living in France for a year. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I absolutely adored this movie. It is visually beautiful and the story warms your heart. Audrey Tatou makes you fall in love with her. She is breathtaking on screen. The movie made me fall in love with being in love. It reminded me of all those goosebumps and emotions one feels in the beginnings of a crush/love affair. The traveling gnome story was a hoot. I highly recommend this movie as it is the only good thing to come out of France.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth your time

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Shame That There's Only Five Stars To Give It!

    This was the most amazing, artsy, colorful movie ever! I was instantly drawn in by the suicidal goldfish, and the way they introduced each character with their likes and dislikes. This movie restored my faith in France. I'll never forget the frenchmen in the picture snickering about Amelie's pocket.. pure magic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Took Me Off Guard

    There was always much talk of the feel-good French film that took the world by storm. I never really cared much to take an interest. In French class right before Christmas Break, the teacher put the movie on. In the start, it was this surreal movie that caught my attention because there were more than a few racy images. But then she started working these little mini-miracles for people areound the city. I immediately fell in love with this movie when it's lead character led a blind man around the neighborhood telling him what everything looked like and she just made his day. I had to see what happened in this movie. Unfortunately, class ended before it was over. So I went home and immediately rented it... I loved the rest of the movie just as much as I loved the beginning. It just made you so...happy. I don't know how else to describe it. Or maybe the movie just oozed happiness into everything around it, I don't know. All I can say to finish this review is: If you haven't seen this movie yet, you have to. You'll love it. If you don't love it, you probably have a disorder that keeps you from being giddy with happiness, as everyone who has seen this movie has felt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome, Inspiring movie

    I just love this movie. It is bright, wonderful and full of goodness that you cannot find in a box of cereal or anywhere else. Audrey Tantou reminds me alot of Audrey Hepburn and wouldn't surprise me if she was named after her. She's full of spunk and makes happiness a disease you want to get. The rest of the cast were awesome including the spiteful Joseph and the ''Glass Man'' and love the hypochrondriac Georgette. I would recommand this movie to anyone. It is unlike any French movie I seen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just an example of all the good things to come out of France

    I m really glad of the success of that movie, which came to the US public in it s original French version and thus gave a real picture of what France really looks like. Indeed, I was really disapointed by too many low quality remakes such as ''La femme Nikita'' or ''The bird cage'' just to name a few.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The only good thing to come out of France

    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.

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