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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 February 2002 (USA)  »

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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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The film has been digitally color-corrected at 2K resolution. See more »

Goofs

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. 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

The ending credits for the lead actors are presented on pages of a photograph album, featuring pictures of the actors which have been torn up and pieced together. See more »

Connections

Features Fortress on the Volga (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Jours Tristes (instrumental)
Written by Neil Hannon
Arranged and Performed by Yann Tiersen
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User Reviews

 
What is left to say about this glorious joy ride?

I had heard superlative comments on this film and it does not disappoint.

Paris is the backdrop and what a Paris, A Paris of La Boheme and the Merry Widow. Audrey is brilliant in the role of Amelie, projecting a true joie de vivre.

The film is full of surprises in both plot and characters. I left the theatre feeling lighter. It is truly one of a kind, eccentric, unusual and uplifting. I will not say more on it as it would spoil the fun.

I gave it a 10 out of 10 for something so completely out of the ordinary and so very unhollywood.


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