Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet. France, 2001. 1h 57m. French/subs. Starring Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Serge Merlin, Lorella Cravotta, Clotilde Mollet, Claire Maurier.
Bursting with imagination and having seen her share of tragedy and fantasy, Amelie is not like the other girls. Amelie enjoys simple pleasures until she discovers that her goal in life is to help others. This wonderfully quirky film became an international hit on its release earning five Oscar nominations and winning two BAFTA Film Awards (including Best Original Screenplay). The film also catapulted lead actress Audrey Tautou to international stardom.
'Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie is one of those once-in-a-decade comedies which scatters its charm like pearls from a broken necklace, all the more adorable because they are not real.’ Barbara Ellen, The Times
'The film is all the more interesting for remaining an eccentric one-of-a-kind that feels every bit the product of its writer-director's unique sensibility and worldview.’ David Jenkins, Time Out