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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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Raphaël Poulain
Lorella Cravotta ...
Amandine Poulain
Serge Merlin ...
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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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She'll change your life. 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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Trivia

In the introduction, when the narrator says "nine months later, she was born", the footage shows a pregnant woman's stomach growing larger during her nine months of pregnancy. This footage was taken from a time-lapse film called 17 Seconds to Sophie (1998). It was shot in 16mm of the mother (Carol Cote) by the father (Bill Cote) of the daughter (Sophie Cote) using a Bolex mounted on a wall. The dad clicked off two frames a day, for the entire nine months. The lighting was fixed, the background was fixed, the focus was fixed. The only thing that changed was the mother's stomach and her hair (you can see the length of her hair growing and receding with the passage of time). The film won first prize in the Shorts International Film Festival (experimental category) in New York, 1998. See more »

Goofs

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". 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Peep Show: A Beautiful Mind (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Si Tu N'étais Pas Là
Composed by P. Bayle and G. Claret
Performed by Fréhel (Marguerite Boulc'h)
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This is rated so highly cause it deserves it
1 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

A slice of heaven right here on earth, "Amelie" is a joy to behold, and has some of the most gorgeous cinematography I've ever seen in a movie.

Audrey Tatou is perfection as the title character. A combination of Audrey Hepburn, Dolly Levi and Roger Rabbit, she involves herself in the world surrounding her as a means of really enjoying living. There are moments when she finds complete and total joy just walking down the street.

Some of it is hilarious, too..like when her pet goldfish habitually tries to commit suicide, or when she is on the telephone with the man at the porno shop, or when a character is asked "Are you a congenital shmuck"?

But for the most part, its a human comedy, about love, of course.

Just beautiful. 10/10.


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