Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Its original French title is Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain ("The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain"). 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 struggling with her own isolation. The film was an international co-production between companies in France and Germany.
Amélie won best film at the European Film Awards; it won four César Awards (including Best Film and Best Director), two BAFTA Awards (including Best Original Screenplay), and was nominated for five Academy Awards. (See below for other awards and recognition.)
**** out of **** "Amelie" is a brilliant work of cinema that contains one of the most delightful and instantly endearing heroines ever put on film. Written and directed by the French visual magician Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the film is quite the sucker punch; spiked with the kind of imaginative visual flare that you'd expect from the attached director, but with more depth in its story than the man was ever thought capable of handling. Just look at Jeunet's earlier films - "Delicatessen" … more
Pros: Fanciful and a delight Cons: a little too cute The Bottom Line: A wonderful film and a delight. I would pay full price to see this film again. Plot Details: This opinion reveals no details about the movie's plot. It's so nice to see a good powerful foreign film. It gives such a different perspective which I find very refreshing. From the start, you know you are in for a wild ride - I wasn't sure … more