Amelie

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Released 2001

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Director:
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Released:
2001
Rating:
R
Amelie is a 2001 romantic comedy about a young woman who seeks to change the lives of those who live around her. Amelie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) is a waitress at a small caf'' in the Montmartre neighborhood in Paris. Despite being quite beautiful, she makes no effort to have a romantic life of her own, preferring instead to help the collection of eccentrics who frequent her caf''. One of the first people she helps is her neighbor, Raymond Dufayel (Serge Merlin), a painter who constantly paints the same painting over and over again. One day, while Amelie is visiting, he strikes up a conversation about a painting with her. As the discussion proceeds, it becomes clear that despite his affection for Amelie, he worries about her lonely and isolated life. Eventually, she realizes that he is right, and she decides to finally go on a date with a strange young man named Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz), thus beginning the path that might ultimately lead to happiness.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    There is no denying that Amélie is, to paraphrase its title, fabulous.

  • 80

    Variety

    Fresh, funny, exquisitely bittersweet tour de force.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Features an aggressive, in-your-face romanticism that's noticeably lacking in genuine warmth. While its story of lonely misfits searching for love has appealing moments, more often...

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    Independent, Romantic Comedy, Foreign Language, Classics