"Amelie" Is Released
Amélie is a 2001 romantic comedy film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou.
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 and idealized depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre. It tells the story of a shy waitress 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.)
Amélie (Audrey Tautou) works as a waitress in Paris and tinkers in the lives of her friends. When she falls in love with Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), she can't be direct and let him know how she feels. Instead, she pulls him into an elaborate courtship dance that turns life in Paris into a game of Twister with a treasure hunt added to the mix. Nino trails after Amélie, still the mystery woman to him, as she leaves clues about herself everywhere. By the climax, the movie segues into a rumination on loss and the perils of being too playful. The film's original French title was "Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain" and the director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, deflates the self-mocking pomposity of the title by the last third of the movie. Yet there is no denying that "Amélie" is, to paraphrase its title, fabulous. – Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times