Amélie

Amélie

Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2001)

116min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, along with former collaborator Marc Caro, is better known as a purveyor of nightmarish excursions into the fantastic - Delicatessen, City of Lost Children, Alien: Resurrection. But this romantic comedy drama enchants and beguiles with a nostalgic optimism thanks to its glorious visuals and ceaseless invention. Audrey Tautou is guaranteed iconic status as Amélie, the Montmartre waitress whose selfless joie de vivre leads her to improve the lives of her friends and neighbours. She only takes a break from her role of good fairy to pursue Mathieu Kassovitz, the handsome loner who collects rejected photo-booth snaps for his album of forgotten smiles. It has to be conceded that complaints of uncosmopolitan conservatism made against this film have some justification. But as a love letter to the City of Light - filmed at locations all around Paris yet retaining the stylised magic of a movie set - this is as deliciously romantic and ingeniously mischievous as cinema gets.

Summary

A shy and imaginative waitress sets out to reunite an old toy she has found with its original owner, an act of kindness that reaps such gratitude that she decides her mission in life will be to make other people happy. However, an encounter with another solitary spirit forces her to focus on overcoming her shyness to devise a way of meeting him again. Romantic drama by director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, with Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, and Serge Merlin.

Cast & Crew

Amélie Poulain Audrey Tautou
Nino Quicampoix Mathieu Kassovitz
Raphaël Poulain, Amélie's father Rufus
Madeleine Wallace, the concierge Yolande Moreau
Hipolito, the writer Artus de Penguern
Collignon, the grocer Urbain Cancelier
Joseph Dominique Pinon
Eva, the strip-tease artist Claude Perron
Dufayel Serge Merlin
Lucien Jamel Debbouze
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Contains a sex scene and nudity. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 14 Oct 2011
Drama