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One person can change your life forever. See more »
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Amelie, an innocent and naive girl in Paris, with her own sense of justice, decides to help those around her and along the way, discovers love. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 55 wins & 55 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Audrey Tautou ... Amélie Poulain

Mathieu Kassovitz ... Nino Quincampoix
Rufus ... Raphaël Poulain
Lorella Cravotta ... Amandine Poulain
Serge Merlin ... Raymond Dufayel

Jamel Debbouze ... Lucien
Clotilde Mollet ... Gina
Claire Maurier ... Madame Suzanne - la patronne du café
Isabelle Nanty ... Georgette

Dominique Pinon ... Joseph
Artus de Penguern ... Hipolito

Yolande Moreau ... Madeleine Wallace
Urbain Cancelier ... Collignon
Maurice Bénichou ... Dominique Bretodeau

Michel Robin ... Mr. Collignon
Andrée Damant ... Mrs. Collignon
Claude Perron ... Eva
Armelle ... Philomène

Ticky Holgado ... L'homme dans la photo
Kevin Fernandes ... Bretodeau enfant
Flora Guiet ... Amélie enfant
Amaury Babault ... Nino enfant

André Dussollier ... Narrator / Récitant (voice)
Eugène Berthier ... Eugène Koler
Marion Pressburger ... Petites mains du générique
Charles-Roger Bour ... L'homme à la vespasienne
Luc Palun ... L'épicier d'Amandine
Fabienne Chaudat ... La femme dans le coma
Dominique Bettenfeld ... Le voisin d'Amélie
Jacques Viala ... Le client qui humilie son ami
Fabien Béhar ... Le client humilié
Jonathan Joss ... Le fils du client humilié
Jean-Pierre Becker ... Le clochard
Jean Darie ... L'aveugle
Thierry Gibault ... Le client aux endives
François Bercovici ... Son copain
Franck Monier ... Dominique Bredoteau jeune
Guillaume Viry ... Le S.D.F.
Valérie Zarrouk ... Dominique Bredoteau femme
Marie-Laure Descoureaux ... La concierge du mort
Sophie Tellier ... La Tante Josette
Gérald Weingand ... L'instituteur
François Viaur ... Le patron du bistrot
Paule Daré ... Son employée
Marc Amyot ... L'inconnu des photomatons
Myriam Labbé ... La cliente du tabac
Jean Rupert ... L'opéré des cloisons nasales
Frankie Pain ... La marchande de journaux (as Franckie Pain)
Julianna Kovacs ... Une cliente de l'épicerie
Philippe Paimblanc ... Le contrôleur du train
Mady Malroux ... Les jumelles
Monette Malroux ... Les jumelles
Robert Gendreu ... Le client du café
Valériane de Villeneuve ... La femme qui rit
Isis Peyrade ... Samantha
Raymonde Heudeline ... La caissière du train fantôme
Christiane Bopp ... La femme près du manège
Thierry Arfeuillères ... L'homme statue
Jerry Lucas ... Le petit garçon du Sacré-Coeur
Patrick Paroux ... Le souffleur de rue
François Aubineau ... Le facteur de la concierge
Philippe Beautier ... Le facteur de Poulain
Karine Asure ... La jolie fille du rendez-vous
Régis Iacono ... Félix L'Herbier
Franck-Olivier Bonnet ... Palace Video (voice)
Alain Floret ... Le mari de la concierge (voice)
Jean-Pol Brissart ... Jacques Grosjean (voice)
Frédéric Mitterrand ... Himself (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dean Baykan ... (uncredited)

Joan Bennett ... Ellie Banks (archive footage) (uncredited)
Clément Chebli ... (uncredited)
Rudy Galindo ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Valérie Labro ... (uncredited)
Jean-Michel Larqué ... Himself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Manoush ... Nymphomaniac (uncredited)
Federico Martín Bahamontes ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Thierry Roland ... Himself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Jacques Thébault ... Voice-Over (voice) (uncredited)

Spencer Tracy ... Stanley T. Banks (uncredited) (archive footage)

Directed by
Jean-Pierre Jeunet 
 
Writing credits
Guillaume Laurant (scenario) and
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (scenario)

Guillaume Laurant (dialogue)

Produced by
Helmut Breuer .... co-producer
Jean-Marc Deschamps .... producer
Arne Meerkamp van Embden .... producer: Germany
Claudie Ossard .... executive producer
Claudie Ossard .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yann Tiersen 
 
Cinematography by
Bruno Delbonnel 
 
Film Editing by
Hervé Schneid 
 
Casting by
Pierre-Jacques Bénichou 
Valerie Espagne 
Alberte Garo 
 
Production Design by
Aline Bonetto 
 
Art Direction by
Volker Schäfer 
 
Set Decoration by
Marie-Laure Valla 
 
Costume Design by
Madeline Fontaine 
Emma Lebail 
 
Makeup Department
Véronique Boitout .... hair stylist
Reynald Desbant .... hair stylist
Virginie Duranteau .... hair stylist
Vesna Estord .... makeup artist
Dominique Galichet .... makeup artist
Karina Gruais .... makeup artist
Jacques-Olivier Molon .... special makeup effects artist
John Nollet .... key hair stylist
Myriam Roger .... hair stylist
Nathalie Tissier .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Nicolas Davy .... assistant unit manager
Jean-Marc Deschamps .... production manager
Eric Duchêne .... unit manager
Marc Grewe .... unit production manager
Alain Mougenot .... unit production manager
Sophie Vermersch .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sylvain Bressollette .... trainee assistant director
Thomas Parnet .... trainee assistant director
Pascal Roy .... second assistant director
Christophe Vassort .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jean-Marc Auriol .... painter
Michèle Bataille .... painter: "Renoir -Le déjeuner des canotiers"
Karin Beizler .... painter: Cologne
Jörg Bergen .... props: Germany
Britta Bogers .... painter: Cologne
François Borgeaud .... propman
Pascale Bouillot .... painter: "Renoir -Le déjeuner sur l'herbe"
Claudin Brackhagen .... painter: Cologne
Reiner Brüggen .... carpenter: Cologne
Wolfgang Gosberg .... carpenter: Cologne
Alain Guais .... dressing props
Gregor Hees .... carpenter: Cologne
Herbert Hees .... sculptor: Cologne
Daniel Kolarov .... assistant art director
Kerstin Krötz .... props: Germany
Delphine Mabed .... first assistant art director: Germany
Delphine Mabed .... painter: "Renoir -Le déjeuner sur l'herbe"
Fabrice Maux .... chief painter
Anja Merz .... carpenter: Cologne
Jacques Pélissier .... art department assistant
Jörn Quel .... carpenter: Cologne
Stefan Quentin .... construction coordinator: Germany
John Rawsthorn .... carpenter: Cologne
Hélène Rey .... art department trainee
Thorsten Sabel .... set dresser: Cologne
Lorenzo Sartor .... carpenter: Cologne
Britta Sassmannshausen .... painter: Cologne
Ralf Schwamborn .... props: Germany
Volker Schäfer .... set decorator: Cologne (as Volker Schaefer)
Nane Stegat .... painter: Cologne
Marie-Laure Valla .... set buyer
Dagmar Wessel .... set dresser: Cologne
Mathieu Junot .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Petra Klimek .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jean-Philippe Angelini .... post-synchronization assistant
Vincent Arnardi .... sound re-recording mixer
Marilena Cavola .... sound editor (as Marilena Cavola Hardy)
Sophie Chiabaut .... sound
Stéphane De Rocquigny .... post-synchronization assistant (as Stéphane de Rocquigny)
Michel Filippi .... post-synchronization engineer
Gérard Hardy .... sound editor
Laurent Kossayan .... sound effects
Jean-Louis Lebras .... boom operator (as Jean-Louis Le Bras)
Jean-Pierre Lelong .... sound effects editor
Guillaume Leriche .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario Melchiorri .... assistant sound effects editor
Frank Mettre .... sound
Igor Thomas-Gerard .... assistant sound editor
Jean Umansky .... sound mixer
Bernhard Vogl .... adr recordist
Alexandre Widmer .... sound editor
Jean-Michel Tresallet .... foley recording assistant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jean-Baptiste Bonetto .... special effects
Noel Chainbaux .... special effects
Solena Collignon .... digital special effects
Séverine De Wever .... special effects coordinator
Yves Domenjoud .... special effects supervisor
Olivier Gleyze .... special effects
Delphine Le Roch .... special effects coordinator
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects
Jacques-Olivier Molon .... special effects technician
Marc Paccosi .... digital special effects (as Marco Paccosi)
Thierry Reymonenq .... special effects
Romain Rosier .... special effects crew
Jean-Christophe Spadaccini .... special effects: second unit
Edouard Valton .... special effects production manager
 
Visual Effects by
Jérôme Arthuis .... grading coordinator: Duboicolor
Christophe Belena .... I/O technician
Christophe Belena .... scanning and conforming technician
Michael Belin .... digital grading assistant
Lucie Bories .... digital compositor
Andre Brizard .... digital compositor
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects supervisor
Stéphanie Dargent .... digital matte painter
Thierry Delobel .... digital compositor
Stephane Dittoo .... digital artist
François Dupuy .... digital processing technician
Thomas Duval .... shooting supervisor
Xavier Fourmond .... compositing supervisor
Afif Heukeshoven .... 3D artist
Alexandre Kolasinski .... digital compositor (as Alex Kolasinski)
Didier le Fouest .... colorist
Didier le Fouest .... digital grading
Mathieu Le Meur .... digital compositor
Bruno Le Provost .... digital matte painter
Jeremie Leroux .... digital artist
Tina Lin .... scanning and conforming technician
Olivier Revillon .... digital matte painter
Jean-Paul Rovela .... 3D supervisor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Michael Sowa .... matte painter
Georges Tornero .... digital compositor
Daniel Trujillo .... digital compositor
Daniel Trujillo .... digital effects artist
Edouard Valton .... visual effects producer
Pierre Villette .... digital matte painter
Jean-Marie Vives .... digital matte painter
Veronique Zylberfain .... matte painting artist
 
Stunts
Rémi Canaple .... assistant stunt coordinator
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Patrick Cauderlier .... stunts
Pascaline Girardot .... stunts
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunt driver
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunt driver
Sébastien Seveau .... stunt driver
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Victor Abadia .... electrician
Matthieu Bastid .... first assistant camera
Thomas Brügge .... electrician: Germany
Bruno Calvo .... still photographer
Olivier Cazzitti .... electrician
Dominique Colin .... camera operator
Kenneth Cornils .... dolly grip: Germany
Stefan de Leuw .... assistant camera: Germany
Patrick de Ranter .... Steadicam operator
Olivier Delpy .... grip
Mostefa Djebbari .... electrician
Robert Dona .... grip
Bruno Dubet .... key grip
Eric Dupressoir .... grip
Jean-Christophe Duwez .... electrician
Vlasta Kostic .... electrician: Germany
Eric Larsen .... equipment grip
Georgi Lazarevski .... assistant camera
Sophie Lelou Mollard .... electrician (as Sophie Mollard)
Dominique Lepage .... grip
Beatrice Mizrahi .... director of photography: second unit
François Paumard .... assistant camera
Christophe Perotin .... second assistant camera
Yvan Quehec .... electrician
Michel Sabourdy .... gaffer
Thomas Sidopoulos .... grip
Ludovic Simeon .... video assistant
Joel Spinola .... electrician
Andreas Theiner .... electrician
Laurent Thiery .... grip
Thierry Tronchet .... assistant camera
Timo von Burgsdorf .... electrician: Germany
Richard Weber .... best boy
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
Kareem La Vaullée .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Patricia Van .... casting assistant
Jean-Pierre Jeunet .... voice casting/plaque (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Bello .... assistant costumer
Clémentine Darros .... trainee costumer
Véronique Élise .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Lionel Kopp .... director of post-production
Céline Kélépikis .... assistant editor
Yvan Lucas .... color supervisor: Duboicolor
Yann Malcor .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Edouard Dubois .... musical advisor (as Edouard Du Bois)
Hervé Schneid .... music editor
Jacques Smerlak .... executive music producer
Randy Spendlove .... executive in charge of music
Yann Tiersen .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Werner Ahrendt .... driver
 
Other crew
Aurore Ader .... digital laboratory assistant
Christophe Antonin .... unit assistant
Stéphane Bourdon .... weapons
Chantal Bégasse .... production secretary
Gilles Caussade .... financial director
Laurent Clavier .... research and development
Christophe Colter .... transfer technician
Marie-Laure Compain .... production secretary
Deborah Coucoux .... digital processing trainee
Frédéric Daugeron .... party organizer
Luc Desportes .... trainee
Stephane Deverly .... research and development (as Stéphane Deverly)
Sébastien Guyomard .... technician
Rip Hampton O'Neil .... director of technology
Nicole Heitzmann .... production administrator
Wendy K. Hope .... production coordinator
Alexandre Jeanneret .... digital processing technician
Abdel Ali Kassou .... digital processing technician
Aude Lemercier .... location scout
Christophe Maratier .... weapons
Eva Neufahrt .... accountant
Nicolas Nicole .... digital processing trainee
Frank Niemann .... intern: Germany
Svetlana Novak .... production assistant
Corinne Saglio .... assistant production accountant
Isabelle Sauvanon .... press attache
Torsten Schneider .... intern: Germany
Robert Spina .... intern: Germany
Olivier Tubach .... research and development
Tommaso Vergallo .... director: digital laboratory
Anne Wermelinger .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Frédéric Mitterrand .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content
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122 min
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Trivia:
The funeral in the imaginary black-and-white documentary that Amelie watches on TV is composed of footage from a 1923 Pathe Journal newsreel segment about the death of actress Sarah Bernhardt.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The first time Amélie goes to cause mischief in the grocer's apartment, there is a shot of her hand unlocking the door. The sleeve of her shirt in that shot is different from that of the shirt she is wearing inside.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:On September 3rd 1973, at 6:28pm and 32 seconds, a bluebottle fly capable of 14,670 wing beats a minute landed on Rue St Vincent, Montmartre. At the same moment, on a restaurant terrace nearby, the wind magically made two glasses dance unseen on a tablecloth...
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Referenced in Paris, je t'aime (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
La Valse D'amélie (Version Piano)See more »

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414 out of 487 people found the following review useful.
It's my favorite movie of all time..., 3 December 2002
Author: Christoph Gietl from USA, Oklahoma

Short analysis on Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

For 20 years Jean-Pierre Jeunet collected small astonishing and intriguing moments in his life, taking notes in his diary, not knowing that he was up to co-write and direct one of the most successful film in French film history. Jean-Pierre Jeunet fell in love with the story and the film he titled Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain. But it's popularity was even a surprise to Jean-Pierre Jeunet himself as he once stated: `I guess I have to produce a film like Alien Resurrection (USA 1997) to make a movie like Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain', obviously not aware of the films potential. Unfortunately the film didn't win an Academy Award for the best foreign film in 2001 which still puzzles film fans all over the world.

I consider Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film as a masterpiece. In my opinion, it is an outstanding film in film history for its cinematography, the music, the story, but above all the overall atmosphere. Going to the cinema is like meditating. We sit for over one-hour and comfortable chair - our breath slows down and as the lights are switched off, we enter a dream world. We seek to escape our normal world just for a short period of time, to experience something totally different and yet, we want to find ourselves in this world. Thanks to Jean-Pierre Jeunet I had a wonderful dream, I will never forget.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and his camera man, Bruno Delbonnel, wanted to make the film look like the Spanish painter did his artwork. To establish a dreamlike atmosphere they used mostly red and green, sometimes adding a little blue spot in the picture to set the contrast. Audrey Tautou (Amélie Poulain), mostly wears either red or green dresses, as well as the housekeeper (Yolande Moreau as Madelaine Wallace, concierge), and Amélie's mother (Lorella Cravotta as Amandine Poulin) in the beginning of the film. When Amélie Poulain sits down to watch the tragedy of her life on her TV, there is an outstanding of a blue lamp in the background. Sometimes the use of color gets very obvious. Amélie's apartment for example is almost completely red, the underground station and the train station are kept in green and the green grocery store stands out from the grey buildings. Honestly, I haven't noticed the extreme use of color the first time I watched the movie. I just wondered how Jeunet succeeded in establishing such a fabulous atmosphere.

The atmosphere is also supported by the magnificent music by Yann Tiersen who has composed 19 songs in 15 days for this movie. The principal motive appears in many variations somehow being joyful, yet at the same time sad - slow and sometimes fast and activating. The music supports every moment in the film and becomes the sound of a fabulous world.

Camera movement certainly contributes its part to the atmosphere. Balanced and unbalanced pictures contribute to the message of each shot. Right in the beginning when Amélie's mother is introduced, the picture is balanced symbolizing her pursuit for correctness and cleanliness. The same can be about the first shots of Amélie's father. When talking about his dislikes, the shots are unbalanced. But more impressing are some camera movements. For example there is an astonishing high angle shot of Amélie flipping stones on le canal in Paris. The camera shows her leaning on a fence, flying above her head then craning to a low angle shot to show her flipping stones in the direction of the camera. Another one worth mentioning might be the chase of the repairs person. Nino is shown falling up the steps chasing the repairs person for the photo machines. The camera turns to show the man getting in the car driving off. Still in a low angle Nino starts his moped, trying to follow the worker, almost hitting a car. Amélie is entering the picture running after Nino. The camera follows her, then turning almost 180° around her to show her hold Nino's red bag that he lost. When Amélie sits in front of the station, we see her in a long shot, the camera dollies in to fly over her head to an over-the-shoulder shot. Some of these camera movements are really awesome, not only from a technical point of view, but moreover from an aesthetic standpoint. They support the dreamlike atmosphere, adding interesting aspects to ordinary actions.

Audrey Tautou at the age of 23 is an astonishing actress. I really can't imagine anybody doing the job better than she did. To me she is not only giving life to the character, she lives it. It's wonderful to watch her. There was no moment when I had the faintest impression that there is something wrong or inappropriate in her acting. Also Mathieu Kassovitz as Nino Quincampoix is extraordinarily gifted with his talent. Most of the actors have done a wonderful job, although I want to mention the scene when Amélie's mother gets her nervous breakdown because of the suicidal fish. This scene appeared to me exaggerated which it probably was intended to be. Anyhow, the extreme close-up of Yolande Moreau was to intriguing to me, so I shrug back in disgust rather than laughing about it. I gues this was the director's choice, so I don't hold her responsible for that.

Another negative and distracting thing where some scenes when Jean-Pierre Jeunet decided to show the key in Amélie's pocket after copying it and bringing the original key back to the grocer's door in a very unrealistic way. He uses a digital effet showing the key's silhouette in a yellow light. This is a technique that hasn't been used very often in the film, except for showing Amélie's heart going faster and the old, blind man feeling very happy after being guided by Amélie. All these scenes disturb the otherwise wonderful cinematography. There could have been other ways to communicate the actions. A simple smile on the old's man face, a close-up of Amélie's hand letting the copied key slide into her pocket and the heart beat as a background sound would have done the same without disturbing the atmosphere.

Anyway, Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain is still my favorite movie. The narration is perfectly arranged taking its time to tell every detail. I enjoyed the subplots a lot that are told in a subtle way. Maybe the introduction is a bit to long, but still I enjoyed every second. Maybe I am too used to typical Hollywood productions, where you can tell the stages of a story by watching the clock. Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain has its own rhythm driving the story forward not by a superhero trying to achieve his goal, but by a hero that knows that she has time to arrange everything by strategic means. Maybe that is also one reason why I like this film so much. The story is told with time and not against time. There is no last minute-rescue, no time pressure, no need to act. It just takes its time as life does.

In my opinion, Jean-Pierre Jeunet created a masterpiece. A film that is not only outstanding because of the cinematography, the special effects or any other technical characteristics, but also combines the perfection of craftsmanship with a wonderful story, humour, and emotion.

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