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Amélie (2001)

Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (original title)
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Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Amélie Poulain
... Nino Quincampoix
... Raphaël Poulain
Lorella Cravotta ... Amandine Poulain
Serge Merlin ... Raymond Dufayel
... Lucien
Clotilde Mollet ... Gina
Claire Maurier ... Madame Suzanne - la patronne du café
... Georgette
... Joseph
Artus de Penguern ... Hipolito
... Madeleine Wallace
... Collignon
... Dominique Bretodeau
... Mr. Collignon
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Storyline

Amélie is a story about a girl named Amélie whose childhood was suppressed by her Father's mistaken concerns of a heart defect. With these concerns Amélie gets hardly any real life contact with other people. This leads Amélie to resort to her own fantastical world and dreams of love and beauty. She later on becomes a young woman and moves to the central part of Paris as a waitress. After finding a lost treasure belonging to the former occupant of her apartment, she decides to return it to him. After seeing his reaction and his new found perspective - she decides to devote her life to the people around her. Such as, her father who is obsessed with his garden-gnome, a failed writer, a hypochondriac, a man who stalks his ex girlfriends, the "ghost", a suppressed young soul, the love of her life and a man whose bones are as brittle as glass. But after consuming herself with these escapades - she finds out that she is disregarding her own life and damaging her quest for love. Amélie then ... Written by spragg_s

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One person can change your life forever. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 77,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$496,031 (France), 10 August 2001

Opening Weekend USA:

$136,470, 4 November 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$33,225,499

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,921,954
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The traveling gnome was inspired by a rash of similar pranks played in England and France in the 1990s. In 1997, a French court convicted the leader of Front de Libération des Nains de Jardins (Garden Gnome Liberation Front) of stealing over 150 gnomes. The idea was later used in an advertising campaign for an Internet travel agency. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

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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. Meanwhile, in a 5th-floor flat, 28 Avenue Trudaine, Paris 9, returning from his best friend's funeral, Eugène Colère erased his name from his address book. At the same moment, a sperm with one X chromosome, belonging to ...
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In the opening titles, the girl playing Amélie as a child is shown doing various things. These activities illustrate the titles being shown at the same time. See more »

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Referenced in Les poupées russes (2005) See more »

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Father's Little Divended
Written by Albert Sendrey (as A. Sendrey)
Publishing 1951 by EMJ Catalogue Partnership
EMJ Robbins Catalogue Inc.
EMJ Catalogue Partnership France
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Finds its charm in the little things
14 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain' finds its charm in the little things. The story about Amélie (Audrey Tautou) is a modern day fairy tale and that is exactly how it looks the entire film.

We have a wonderful story about Amélie who decides to help people around her, making them happy. Not by doing great big things or giving money, but by little things. She helps her father by making him believe that his gnome from the garden is on a trip around the world, she helps a lonely neighbor by just visiting him, she helps a stranger by returning something she found in her home. On the way she falls in love with Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz) who's hobby it is to collect photos from automatic photo booths. Photos that were tossed away because people thought they didn't look good enough. He puts all those photos and pieces of photos in a big book. There is a little mystery in the book as well, of course I will not spoil that for you. The story is not only sweet and charming, it has some great moments of comedy as well.

The movie looks colorful and bright almost constantly. Even the sad parts from Amélie's life, her youth for example, look almost strangely happy. In this world, Paris actually, Audrey Tautou is the perfect inhabitant. She has one of those faces that seem to smile the entire time. She looks like she just pulled a joke and she is waiting for you to find out what it is. In a way her character is really doing that here so it does not feel strange.

In short 'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain' is charming, funny, romantic bright and full of life. This is the perfect lighthearted movie.


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