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29,393 Ratings


Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

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


Bursting with imagination and having seen her fair share of tragedy and fantasy, Amélie is not like any other girl. As she grows up, she becomes a waitress in a Montmartre bar. One day, she discovers that her goal in life is to fix up other people’s troubles by influencing their destinies.

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

Critics reviews

Amélie is not a great film but it is entertaining and imaginative. Jeunet’s cartoonish style reaches often hilarious and surreal heights – virtually every scene is a frenzy of small, quick movements, darting eyes and tiny surprises.
December 01, 2001
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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.)

  • chanandre's rating of the film Amélie

    (18 years old - today)Still in High-school then. Fell asleep in tears to Tiersen's soundtrack on my discman. One of the best films France put out (to everyone!) on the last 25 years. We're all Amélies+Ninos+Luciens+Georgettes+Josephs+Madeleines+Dufayels+Hipolitos: We Them=Fuck-ups & Misfits. Premiered in Portugal little under 2 months after 9/11. It was THE perfect antidote for one not to slit your wrists wide open.

  • 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.

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