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The feel-good Amelie is a lively, fanciful charmer, showcasing Audrey Tautou as its delightful heroine.



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One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Her mother Amandine (Lorella Cravotta) died in a freak accident when Amelie was eight, and her father Raphael (Rufus) had limited contact with her, since his presence seemed to throw her heart into high gear. Despite all this, Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting and she decides it's time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the cafe. Amelie starts by bringing together two lonely people -- Georgette (Isabelle Nanty), a tobacconist with a severe case of hypochondria, and Joseph (Dominique Pinon), an especially ill-tempered customer. When Amelie finds a box of old toys in her apartment, she returns them to their former owner, Mr. Bretodeau (Maurice Benichou), sending him on a reverie of childhood. Amelie befriends Dufayel (Serge Merlin), an elderly artist living nearby whose bones are so brittle, thanks to a rare disease, that everything in his flat must be padded for his protection. And Amelie decides someone has to step into the life of Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), a lonely adult video store clerk and part-time carnival spook-show ghost who collects pictures left behind at photo booths around Paris. Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amelie Poulain received unusually enthusiastic advance reviews prior to its French premiere in the spring of 2001, and was well received at a special free screening at that year's Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Audrey Tautou
as Amélie Poulain
Mathieu Kassovitz
as Nino Quincampoix
Serge Merlin
as Raymond Dufayel
as Raphaël Poulain
Yolande Moreau
as Madeleine Wallace
Lorella Cravotta
as Amandine Poulain
Maurice Bénichou
as Dominique Bretodeau
Michel Robin
as Mr. Collignon
Isabelle Nanty
as Georgette
Claire Maurier
as Madame Suzanne
as Philomene
Ticky Holgado
as L'homme dans la photo
Jean Darie
as L'aveugle
Flora Guiet
as Amelie (age 8)
Amaury Babault
as Nino (as a child)
Marc Amyot
as L'inconnu des photomatons
Dominique Bettenfeld
as Le voisin d'Amélie
Eugène Berthier
as Eugene Koler
Andrée Damant
as Mrs. Collignon
Franckie Pain
as The Newsstand Woman
Marion Pressburger
as Petites mains du générique
Charles-Roger Bour
as L'homme à la vespasienne
Luc Palan
as Amandine's Grocer
Fabienne Chaudat
as La femme dans le coma
Jacques Viala
as Le client qui humilie son ami
Fabien Behar
as Le client humilié
Jonathan Joss
as The Humiliated Customer's Son
Jean-Pierre Becker
as Le clochard
Thierry Gebault
as The Endive Client
Guillaume Viry
as Le S.D.F.
Valerie Zarrouck
as Dominique Bredoteau Woman
Kevin Fernandes
as Bretodeau enfant
Marie-Laure Descoureaux
as La concierge du mort
Sophie Tellier
as La Tante Josette
Gérald Weingand
as L'instituteur
Francois Viaur
as Le patron du bistrot
Paule Dare
as Son employée
Myriam Labbe
as La cliente du tabac
Robert Gendreu
as Le client du café
Julianna Kovacs
as Une cliente de l'épicerie
Philippe Paimblanc
as Le contrôleur du train
Mady Malroux
as Les jumelles #1
Monette Malroux
as Les jumelles #2
Valériane De Villeneuve
as La femme qui rit
Isis Peyrade
as Samantha
Raymonde Heudeline
as La caissière du train fantôme
Christiane Bopp
as La femme près du manège
Thierry Arfeuilleres
as L'homme statue
Jerry Lucas
as Le petit garçon du Sacré-Coeur
Patrick Paroux
as Le souffleur de rue
Francois Aubineau
as Le facteur de la concierge
Philippe Beautier
as Le facteur de Poulain
Régis Iacono
as Felix L'Herbier
Frank-Oliver Bonnet
as Palace Video
Jean-Pol Brissart
as Jacques Grosjean
Alain Floret
as Le mari de la concierge
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  • Mar 29, 2017
    Sweet, visually distinctive, and showcasing a highly memorable protagonist, though overlong and lacking in substance.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2016
    Amélie's unique visual style, great sound design, intelligent screenplay, and outstanding lead performance by Audrey Tautou make it an absolute delight. While so many twenty first century films tend to be more pessimistic, it is incredibly refreshing to see a film that believes in the inherent goodness of people, and the benefits of being kind to other people. It feels a tad bit repetitive and long, but it's difficult to complain when so much of the film is such a delight. Overall, this is one to add to the watchlist.
    Joey T Super Reviewer
  • Sep 27, 2015
    Amelie is a film romantics and dreamers can love. It gives the sense that life can be something more throughout the film and here the plot, the effects, the music, and the vibe go great together. Amelie is a peculiar film, very French, and I cannot think of anything that was missing from it; heartily recommended.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2015
    The best way I could describe this movie is "a Wes Anderson movie not written or directed by Wes Anderson" it's colorful background and quirky humor really bring you inside the mind of Amelie and it's a wonderful ride to be on.
    John K Super Reviewer

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