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(2001)

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Anachronisms 

New VW Beetles are in the streets of Paris in 1997, even though the car was not widely available in France until the summer of 1998. The filmmakers knew this - Jean-Pierre Jeunet thought the car reflected the "sweet and amusing personality of Amélie".
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The treasure box Amélie finds in her bathroom contains a "Mini Quartett", a children's card game produced in Germany in the 1970s. Mr. Bretodeau could not have collected this in the 1950s.
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In a few scenes is visible a 4 door red color Fiat Punto II. This models were launched by the end of 1999. Wouldn't be possible to observe such a vehicle in the streets of Paris in 1997.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

(English subtitled version) Throughout the film, Madame Wallace's name is spelled "Wells" in the subtitles.
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When Amélie talks to Georgette about Joseph, she says, "He always sits here, right?"(Il s'assied toujours là, d'accord?) Georgette responds "Ben, oui." (Basically, "um, yeah.") The English subtitle "at number 8" (huit) is incorrect.
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Character error 

When Nino is in school as a kid, the board shows "vendredi 7 avril 1980". April 7th was a Monday ("lundi") in 1980, not Friday.
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On the flyer advertising the loss of his album, Nino states he lost it near Gare du Nord. Although this station and Gare de l'Est are very close to each other, Nino lost the album rather next to Gare de l'Est.
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Continuity 

When Nino visits Amélie in the cafe, "Menu du Jour" disappears and reappears on the glass between shots.
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After Nino witnesses Amélie putting his album back into his scooter at the park with the Monmarte carousel he runs down some stairs and bumps into a couple. The scene cuts to Nino running down a different set of stairs with no couple behind him. Immediately after there is another shot of Nino running down stairs with the same surprised couple he ran into moments earlier behind him.
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When Nino is in the cafe, and Amélie writes on the glass, the "d" in "du" changes several times.
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Amélie only recorded a bit of the bicycle race. When you see it played on the glass man's VCR there is a bit before she started recording.
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The amount of wine in Amélie's glass changes when Dominique is talking to her at the bar.
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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.
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The angle of the sun changes noticeably from the beginning of the park sequence to the end.
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The flour disappears from Amélie's sleeve after Nino rings her doorbell.
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When Nino starts kissing Amélie (after she kissed him three times) he bends his head to the right. In the next shot, his head is bent to the left.
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When Nino pursuits the man in the red shoes they both turn to the right side of the station, leaving trains to their left side. In the next scene (shot from outside), they come out of the left side exit, with the trains on their right side.
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After Amélie helps the blind man to the Metro station, we see her grating cheese onto a pile of pasta. When we return to the pasta it's flat in the bowl and the cheese grater has moved 90 degrees.
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When Amelie is in the bathroom and she watches the news on Princess Diana's death, she has a perfume bottle in her hand, she throws the lid of the bottle (she is IN the bathroom), after the lids crashes into the wall in the next shot Amelie is OUT of the bathroom, she looks the floor searching for the lid and gets back into the bathroom.
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Crew or equipment visible 

A camera and a cameraman are clearly visible in a reflection from the shiny plastic facade of the photo booth in the train station.
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The camera and a crewmember's legs can be seen in Amélie's sunglasses, just before she looks at the camera in the park.
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When Amélie sits down on some stairs and looks into the Nino's photo-book for the first time, you can see the camera's shadow over her.
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Errors in geography 

When Amelie hears the blind musician in the metro, she just left a metro train and enters a tunnel for a different platform, so it must be a transfer station. When she enters the platform, we find out it is (depicted to be) Abbesses station in Montmartre, which is not a transfer station. Additionally, Abbesses station only has one point of entry on each platform so it is not possible to walk from enter from one end of the platform and exit on the other. These scenes were shot at Porte des Lilas station where a disused platform is regularly being used for filming purposes.
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Factual errors 

Just before Amelie discovers the hole in the bathroom wall the voiceover tells us that Princess Diana died on August 30 1997. In fact, the accident occurred just after midnight on the 31st.
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In the opening scene the narrator describes a blue-fly landing on a street as "capable of flapping 70 beats a minute." That is an impossibly slow rate for any insect in maintained flight, never mind flies which sport wingbeats from tens to hundreds per second, not minute. (English subtitles verified.)
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Miscellaneous 

When Amelie is in the park on the phone with Nino, she tells him to look at 'Page 51', but the subtitle reads 'Page St'. This was corrected for the Netflix version, though it says 'Page 62' instead of '51.'
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Revealing mistakes 

Some passers-by in the park stare at the camera and crew. One little girl even waves at the camera.
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The first time Joseph is talking to Georgette at her cigarette stand, parts of her dress are blue, and other parts are color corrected to that sepia effect applied to most of the rest of the scene.
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