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aka AMeLIE FROM MONTMARTRE aka LE FABULEUX DESTIN D'AMeLIE POULAIN
Year: 2001 (2011)
USA: Miramax Films
UK: Momentum Pictures
Cast: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Yolande Moreau, Artus de Penguern, Urbain Cancelier, Maurice Benichou, Dominique Pinon, Claude Perron, Michel Robin, Isabelle Nanty, Clotilde Mollet, Claire Maurier Serge Merlin, Jamel Debbouze
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Countries: France / Germany
Language: French (English subtitles)
USA: 120 mins
UK: 122 mins
USA Rated: R for sexual content
UK Certificate: 15 contains frequent moderate sex references
USA Release Date: 2 November 2001 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 14 October 2011 (Limited Re-release)
UK Release Date: 5 October 2001
2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the film.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's enchanting comedy, follows in the footsteps of crowd-pleasers THE FULL MONTY and BILLY ELLIOT when it recently won the Standard Life Audience Award at this year's Edinburgh Film Festival (2001). Starring Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz the film has been hailed as a return to delirious form for the director of DELICATESSEN. AMeLIE has enjoyed phenomenal success in France.
Little Amelie Poulain is educated at home by her over-protective parents after being incorrectly diagnosed with a heart condition. Having lost her mother to an unfortunate collision with a suicidal tourist from Quebec, Amelie grows up in a fantasy world before leaving the suburbs to become a waitress in a Parisian cafe. Although she is preoccupied with secretly improving the lives of everyone around her (lonely neighbours, love-starved co-workers, her widowed father's garden gnome) Amelie remains in a world apart. Her heart tells her that something is missing but she doesn't know what - or who - it is. One day, however, a bizarre photo album lands at her feet and Amelie sets out on a delightfully twisted path through the streets of Montmartre to meet its handsome, mysterious owner and her own destiny.
AMeLIE marks the first time director Jeunet has ventured outside the studio to shoot on location on the streets of Paris. In addition to his award-winning collaborations with Marc Caro on THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN and DELICATESSEN, Jeunet was lured to Hollywood to direct 1997's ALIEN RESURRECTION starring Sigourney Weaver and Winona Ryder.