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27,898 Ratings


Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet
France, Germany, 2001
Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
  • French
  • English


A Parisian waif (Audrey Tautou) takes it upon herself to improve the lives of others in this warm and whimsical fable from Jean-Pierre Jeunet.

Our take

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s vibrant smash comedy is the ultimate rush of giddy energy. A fantasy version of Paris life infused with an intoxicating romantic spirit, Amelie was one of the big arthouse hits of the 00s, and no wonder—its charms were impossible to resist.

Amélie Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2002 | 5 nominations including: Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen

Independent Spirit Awards

2002 | Winner: Best Foreign Film

Toronto International Film Festival

2001 | Winner: People's Choice Award

What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Amélie

    I've heard the arguments against Amelie: that it's aggressively whimsical (do we hold that against Lubitsch?), that it has a lilywhite image of France (do we hold that against Tati?), and more. And while it doesn't match the masters listed above, every time I see Amelie it carries me away. So don't hate it for being "foreign cinema-lite". Just tell its lovers about Stolen Kisses, Mon Oncle, and Story of a Cheat.

  • Squashua's rating of the film Amélie

    I came into watching this film expecting a high quality but ultimately cartoonish 'light watch'. Amelie is so much more: sure it's whimsical, fantastical and often quite goofy but it's also a surprisingly dark watch. It doesn't stray from the misfortunes of life, the alienation of individual quirks and the longing for another like you but celebrates these things. Truly a sweet surreal absurdist vision like no other.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Amélie

    A gush to cause conjecture, but to quote Icona Pop, "I don't care, I love it". Renoir, Godard, Truffaut, Vigo, Bunuel, Kieslowski, Clouzot, Tati, Resnais, Kassovitz, Audiard, - all of whom get criminally ignored, but Amelie's success doesn't negate its beauty. Jeunet created a love letter to marginal lives and Paris that stands true, dealing with the delicate meaning of the little things with aplomb. I stand by it.

  • carolinmue's rating of the film Amélie

    I love you, Amélie. This movie is more than beautiful and one of my favourites that you can watch on cold winter days when nobody else is at home, because to me this is a movie to watch alone to fully appreciate its beauty.

  • lilmissdella's rating of the film Amélie

    the beautiful cinematography, the intriguing and layered storyline, Paris as the background, and the kooky-yet-lovable characters all weave in together to create this perfect movie about love.. my fave film of all time! <3

  • David Huxley's rating of the film Amélie

    This bright and colorful love letter to Montmartre, Paris, stars the adorable Audrey Tatou in a quirky performance that will steal your heart. It's both humorous and poignant at the same time. Throw in a pinch of mystery, a dash of fantasy, and a dollop of romance, and you have the recipe for the best film Jean-Pierre Jeunet ever made (and he's made some very good ones.)

  • El Biffo's rating of the film Amélie

    An irritating film about a woman who can't mind her own business, I feel bad for people who have never seen any other French film than this.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Amélie

    Still one of my favorite Jean-Pierre Jeunet movies. Jeunet sets a high value on the sensual qualities of picture and (often everyday) sound and has an intriguing way to stage them like putting them under a magnifying glass (e.g. the sound montage accompanying the faked letter). I also estimate Jeunet's sense for bizarre and comical details as well as the superb camera work of the movie.