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FULL SYNOPSIS

One woman decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people she knows in this charming and romantic comic fantasy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Amelie (Audrey Tautou) is a young woman who had a decidedly unusual childhood; misdiagnosed with an unusual heart condition, Amelie didn't attend school with other children, but spent most of her time in her room, where she developed a keen imagination and an active fantasy life. Her mother Amandine (Lorella Cravotta) died in a freak accident when Amelie was eight, and her father Raphael (Rufus) had limited contact with her, since his presence seemed to throw her heart into high gear. Despite all this, Amelie has grown into a healthy and beautiful young woman who works in a cafe and has a whimsical, romantic nature. When Princess Diana dies in a car wreck in the summer of 1997, Amelie is reminded that life can be fleeting and she decides it's time for her to intervene in the lives of those around her, hoping to bring a bit of happiness to her neighbors and the regulars at the cafe. Amelie starts by bringing together two lonely people -- Georgette (Isabelle Nanty), a tobacconist with a severe case of hypochondria, and Joseph (Dominique Pinon), an especially ill-tempered customer. When Amelie finds a box of old toys in her apartment, she returns them to their former owner, Mr. Bretodeau (Maurice Benichou), sending him on a reverie of childhood. Amelie befriends Dufayel (Serge Merlin), an elderly artist living nearby whose bones are so brittle, thanks to a rare disease, that everything in his flat must be padded for his protection. And Amelie decides someone has to step into the life of Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), a lonely adult video store clerk and part-time carnival spook-show ghost who collects pictures left behind at photo booths around Paris. Le Fabuleux Destin D'Amelie Poulain received unusually enthusiastic advance reviews prior to its French premiere in the spring of 2001, and was well received at a special free screening at that year's Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 2, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Herve Schneid Best Editing 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Herve Schneid Best Editor 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Isabelle Nanty Best Supporting Actress 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Jamel Debbouze Best Supporting Actor 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Jean Umansky Best Sound 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean Umansky Best Sound 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Madeline Fontaine Best Costume Design 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Marie-Laure Valla Best Art Direction 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Vincent Arnardi Best Sound 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vincent Arnardi Best Sound 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Yann Tiersen Best Original Music 2001 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Yann Tiersen Best Film Music 2001 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Audrey Tautou Most Promising Performer 2001 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Audrey Tautou Best Actress 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Audrey Tautou Best Actress 2001 Nominee
European Film Academy Audrey Tautou Best European Actress 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Original Screenplay 2001 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Director 2001 Winner
European Film Academy Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best European Director 2001 Winner
Toronto Film Critics Association Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Director [Runner-up] 2001 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Foreign Film 2001 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Director 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Foreign Language Film 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jean-Pierre Jeunet Best Foreign Language Film 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Rufus Best Supporting Actor 2001 Nominee
European Film Academy Bruno Delbonnel Best European Cinematographer 2001 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Bruno Delbonnel Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers Bruno Delbonnel Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
French Academy of Cinema Bruno Delbonnel Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruno Delbonnel Best Cinematography 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Claudie Ossard Best Foreign Language Film 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Claudie Ossard Best Picture 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Aline Bonetto Best Production Design 2001 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Aline Bonetto Best Art Direction 2001 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Aline Bonetto Best Art Direction 2001 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Guillaume Laurant Best Original Screenplay 2001 Winner
French Academy of Cinema Guillaume Laurant Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Guillaume Laurant Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Guillaume Leriche Best Sound 2001 Nominee

Cast

Audrey Tautou
as Amélie
Mathieu Kassovitz
as Nino Quincampoix
Rufus
as Raphael Poulain (Amélie's father)
Yolande Moreau
as Madeleine Wallace
Artus de Penguern
as Hipolito (the writer)
Urbain Cancelier
as Collignon (the grocer)
Dominique Pinon
as Joseph
Maurice Bénichou
as Bretodeau (the box man)
Claude Perron
as Eva (the strip teaser)
Isabelle Nanty
as Georgette
Claire Maurier
as Suzanne
Clotilde Mollet
as Gina
Serge Merlin
as Dufayel
Jamel Debbouze
as Lucien
André Dussollier
as Narrator
Michel Robin
as Old Man Collignon
Lorella Cravotta
as Amandine Poulain
Flora Guiet
as Amélie (8 years old)
Armelle
as Philomene
Jean Darie
as The Blind Man
Ticky Holgado
as The Photo Booth Man
Marc Amyot
as The Stranger
Andrée Damant
as Mrs. Collignon
Frankye Pain
as The Newsstand Woman
Dominique Bettenfeld
as The Screaming Neighbor
Eugene Berthier
as Eugene Koler
Marion Pressburger
as Credits Helper
Charles-Roger Bour
as The Urinal Man
Luc Palun
as Amandine's Grocer
Fabienne Chaudat
as Woman in Coma
Jacques Viala
as The Customer Who Humiliates His Friend
Fabien Behar
as The Humiliated Customer
Jonathan Joss
as The Humiliated Customer's Son
Jean-Pierre Becker
as The Bum
Thierry Gibault
as The Endive Client
Guillaume Viry
as Dominique Bredoteau Woman
Marie-Laure Descoureaux
as The Dead Man's Concierge
Sophie Tellier
as Aunt Josette
Gérald Weingand
as The Teacher
Francois Viaur
as The Bar Owner
Paule Dare
as His Employee
Myriam Labbe
as The Tobacco Buyer
Robert Gendreu
as Café Patron
Julianna Kovacs
as Grocer's Client
Mady Malroux
as Twin
Monette Malroux
as Twin
Valériane De Villeneuve
as The Laughing Woman
Isis Peyrade
as Samantha
Raymonde Heudeline
as Phantom Train Cashier
Christiane Bopp
as Woman By The Merry-Go-Round
Thierry Arfeuilleres
as Statue Man
Jerry Lucas
as The Sacré-Coeur Boy
Patrick Paroux
as The Street Prompter
Francois Aubineau
as The Concierge's Postman
Philippe Beautier
as Poulain's Postman
Franck-Olivier Bonnet
as Palace Video
Alain Floret
as The Concierge's Husband
Jean-Pol Brissard
as The Postman
Jacques Thebault
Frederic Mitterrand

Crew

Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director
Arne Meerkamp Van Embden
Producer
Claudie Ossard
Producer
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Screenwriter
Guillaume Laurant
Screenwriter
Guillaume Laurant
Dialogue Writer
Bruno Delbonnel
Cinematographer
Yann Tiersen
Composer (Music Score)
Herve Schneid
Editor
Aline Bonetto
Production Designer
Volker Schaefer
Art Director
Antoine Simkine
Executive Producer
Aline Bonetto
Set Designer
Véronique Elise
Costume Designer
Sylvie Bello
Costume Designer
Madeline Fontaine
Costume Designer
Emma Lebail
Costume Designer
Sophie Chiabaut
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Umansky
Sound/Sound Designer
Guillaume Leriche
Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Arnardi
Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Baptiste Bonetto
Special Effects
Daniel Lenoir
Special Effects
Yves Domenjoud
Special Effects
Thierry Reymoneno
Special Effects
Christophe Vassort
First Assistant Director
Edouard Dubois
Consultant/advisor
Pascaline Girardot
Stunts
Jean-Claude Lagniez
Stunts
Patrick Cauderlier
Stunts
Pierre-Jacques Benichou
Casting
Valerie Espagne
Casting
Vincent Arnardi
Sound Mixer
Tim Liehr
Grip
Kerstin Krotz
Assistant Properties
Jean-Marie Vives
Matte Painting Supervisor
Vlasta Kostic
Electrician
Alberte Garo
Extra Casting
Bruno Dubet
Key Grip
Marc Grewe
Production Supervisor
Anne Wermelinger
Continuity
Nicolas Davy
Assistant Location Manager
Eric Duchene
Assistant Location Manager
Edouard Valton
Production Supervisor
Daniel Kolarov
Assistant Art Director
Petra Klimek
Assistant Art Director
Patrick De Ranter
Steadicam Operator
Alexandre Widmer
Dialogue Editor
Luc Desportes
Storyboard
Jean-Pierre Lelong
Foley Artist
Timo Von Burgsdorf
Electrician
Matthieu Bastid
First Assistant Camera
Yves Kohen
Electrician
Jacques Smerlak
Executive Music Producer
Jean-Louis Le Bras
Boom Operator
Dominique Lepage
Grip
Dagmar Wessel
Assistant Art Director
Laurent Thiery
Grip
Veronique Boitout
Hair Styles
Robert Dona
Grip
Pascal Roy
Second Assistant Director
Claudia Dummer-Manasse
Production Assistant
Cavalier Bleu
Executive Music Producer
Thorston Sabel
Assistant Art Director
John Nollet
Hair Styles
Yvan Quehec
Electrician
Alain Carsoux
Visual Effects Supervisor
Alain Carsoux
Digital Effects
Christophe Perotin
Second Assistant Camera
Svetlana Novak
Production Assistant
Andreas Theiner
Electrician
Alain Mougenot
Location Manager
Olivier Cazzitti
Electrician
Sophie Vermersch
Post Production Assistant
Bruno Calvo
Still Photographer
Kenneth Cornils
Grip
Nathalie Tissier
Makeup
Dinah Rauenbusch
Second Assistant Director
Christophe Maratier
Technical Advisor
Isabelle Sauvanon
Publicist
Laurent Kossayan
Sound Effects Director
Marc Von Kuk
Electrician
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