Movies Amélie (2001, Audrey Taatou, Mathieu Kassovitz) Published 4 months ago on November 5, 2018 Audrey Tautou play the elfin-like Amelie Poulain, a young waitress in a Montmartre café who spends her life alone, alienated from life by her neurotic mother (now dead) and her emotionless father. But her life changes when she discovers a box of toys hidden in her flat’s wainscotting many years previously by a young boy. Seeking out the now grown man to return the box, she sees the pleasure it brings and decides to dedicate herself to making people happy, from her concierge, deserted by her husband to the hypochondria tabac assistant in the café who really just needs a passionate lover to cure her. And her empty life is further filled when she comes across Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz), a porn shop worker whose hobby is collecting discarded photo-booth pictures which he adds to a montage in his flat. Amelie pursues him with enigmatic messages and meetings and eventually snares her true love. Jeunet, director of Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children , brings to life a Montmartre that critics have accused of being like the Notting Hill shown in the film of the same title – sanitised, impossibly colourful and bereft of ethnic minorities. But in both films, that is precisely the point – they are fairy tale romances and Jeunet uses special effects, such as Amelie literally melting when first seeing Nino, to emphasise the message, filling the screen with colour and air. The gamine , doe-eyed Tautou is no conventional beauty but her charisma bursts off the screen and with a superb supporting cast, this film was deservedly honoured with awards as well as box office receipts, making it one of France’s biggest commercial and critical exports ever. production details France | 122 minutes | 2001 Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet Script: Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, cast Audrey Tautou as Amélie Poulain Mathieu Kassovitz as Nino Quincampoix Rufus as Raphaël Poulain Jamel Debbouze as Lucien Claire Maurier as Suzanne Isabelle Nanty as Georgette Dominique Pinon as Joseph Artus de Penguern as Hipolito Yolande Moreau as Madeleine Wallace Lorella Cravotta as Amandine Poulain Serge Merlin as Raymond Dufayel Clotilde Mollet as Gina Urbain Cancelier as Collignon Maurice Bénichou as Dominique Bretodeau Michel Robin as M. Collignon Andrée Damant as Mme. Collignon Claude Perron as Eva Armelle as Philomène Ticky Holgado as L’homme dans la photo Marc Amyot as L’inconnu des photomatons André Dussollier as Narrator / Récitant (voice) Eugène Berthier as Eugène Koler Charles-Roger Bour as L’homme à la vespasienne Luc Palun as épicier d’Amandine Fabienne Chaudat as La femme dans le coma Dominique Bettenfeld as Le voisin d’Amélie Fabien Béhar as Le client humilié Jean-Pierre Becker as Le clochard Jean Darie as L’aveugle Thierry Gibault as Le client aux endives Franck Monier as Dominique Bredoteau jeune Guillaume Viry as Le S.D.F. Valérie Zarrouk as Dominique Bredoteau femme Marie-Laure Descoureaux as La concierge du mort Sophie Tellier as La Tante Josette Gérald Weingand as L’instituteur François Viaur as Le patron du bistrot Paule Daré as Son employée Jean Rupert as L’opéré des cloisons nasales Frankie Pain as La marchande de journaux Philippe Paimblanc as Le contrôleur du train Robert Gendreu as Le client du café Christiane Bopp as La femme près du manège Patrick Paroux as Le souffleur de rue François Aubineau as Le facteur de la concierge Philippe Beautier as Le facteur de Poulain Régis Iacono as Félix L’Herbier Franck-Olivier Bonnet as Palace Video (voice) Alain Floret as Le mari de la concierge (voice) Jean-Pol Brissart as Jacques Grosjean (voice) Frédéric Mitterrand as Himself (voice) Dean Baykan as (uncredited) Clément Chebli as (uncredited) Valérie Labro as (uncredited) Manoush as Nymphomaniac (uncredited) Artus de PenguernAudrey TautouClaire MaurierClotilde MolletComedyDominique PinonGuillaume LaurantIsabelle NantyJamel DebbouzeJean-Pierre JeunetLorella CravottaMathieu KassovitzRomanceRufusSerge MerlinYolande Moreau Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes22 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. 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