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Amélie (also known as Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain; ; ) is a 2001 French-language romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress, played by Audrey Tautou, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better while dealing with her own isolation. The film features an ensemble cast of supporting roles, including Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze, Claire Maurier, Clotilde Mollet, Isabelle Nanty, Dominique Pinon, Artus de Penguern, Yolande Moreau, Urbain Cancelier, and Maurice Bénichou.

Plot

Amélie Poulain is born in June 1974 and brought up by eccentric parents who – incorrectly believing that she has a heart defect – decide to home-school her. To cope with her loneliness, Amélie develops an active imagination and a mischievous personality. When Amélie is six, her mother, Amandine, is killed when a suicidal Canadian tourist jumps from the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris and lands on her. As a result, her father Raphaël withdraws more and more from society. Amélie leaves home at the age of 18 and becomes a waitress at the Café des 2 Moulins in Montmartre, which is staffed and frequented by a collection of eccentrics. She is single and lets her imagination roam freely, finding contentment in simple pleasures like dipping her hand into grain sacks, cracking crème brûlée with a spoon, and skipping stones along the Canal Saint-Martin.

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    award Amanda Award for Best Foreign Feature Film Crystal Globe European Film Award for Best Cinematographer European Film Award for Best Director European Film Award for Best Film European Film Award - People's Choice Award for Best Director Lumières Award Silver nugget for the best foreign film
    contentLocation Montmartre Paris
    director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
    editor Hervé Schneid
    events falling in love fantasy human bonding imagination shyness
    genre action animation comedy
    keywords abandon accidental death begin blind man boat brittle bone disease café des 2 moulins canal saint-martin capture cat and mouse cat-and-mouse game crack crème brûlée drink estranged daughter flight attendant garden gnome glass of water hypochondriacal hypochondriasis kill love letter luncheon of the boating party meet notre-dame de paris osteogenesis imperfecta paint photo album photo booth pierre-auguste renoir posing with landmarks from all over the world practical joke simple pleasures skipping stones steal street scene tour track down travelling gnome prank young man
    musicBy Yann Tiersen
    nomination Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award for Best Production Design Academy Award for Best Sound Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay César Award for Best Actress European Film Award for Best Actress European Film Award for Best Cinematographer European Film Award for Best Director European Film Award for Best Film European Film Award - People's Choice Award for Best Director Jameson People's Choice Award for Best Actor Jameson People's Choice Award for Best Actress
    producer Claudie Ossard Jean-Marc Deschamps
    publisher Prokino Filmverleih
    recordedAt Cologne Gare d'Ermont - Eaubonne Montmartre Paris Porte des Lilas - Cinéma
    theme magic realism romantic comedy whimsical