Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain

  • 2001
  • R
  • 122min
  • 89%
  • 8.3 / 10
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A shy waitress in a Montmartre café discovers an old treasure box and sets out to return it to its owner. After being affected by the happiness that she brought to him, she resolves to spread happiness in the world. She also comes to fall in love with a quirky man who collects discarded photos from a photo booth.
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movie facts

The quirky French film was such a hit to all audiences who saw it, that the name Amélie appeared more frequently on birth certificates, the real-life café where she worked saw a spike in visitors, and lots of crème brûlée were ordered. Café des Deux Moulins is a real café in Montmartre. Its name originated from Moulin Rouge and Moulin de la Galette, two nearby historical windmills. As for the deliciously creamy French dessert that the film’s protagonist loved to crack her spoon on, its French ancestry is still debated. While it is generally agreed upon that custard desserts were popular in Europe during the Middle Ages, England, Spain, and France all claim that they were the progenitors of the classic dessert. The jury is still out on who really came up with caramelizing sugar on top of the sweet custard.



about the movie

Amélie, known in French as Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain which translates to The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain, is the 2001 romantic comedy by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Set in Montmartre, starring Audrey Tautou as the titular Amélie, it is a playful portrayal of life in contemporary Paris. The film is one of the biggest internationally successful French movie, as well as the highest-grossing French-language film that was shown in the United States, earning over $33 million even on a limited theater release. It also received the Best Film award at the European Film Awards, two BAFTAs, and five Academy Award nominations.