Sunday, February 19, 2017
Where: The Paramount Theater
2 hours, 2 minutes
Having seen her share of tragedy, charming and imaginative Amélie (Audrey Tautou) is not like other girls. After discovering that her goal in life is to help the eclectic circle of friends she’s made working as a waitress in a Montmartre bar, she plots to intervene incognito into their lives. Amélie meets her match in a lonely video store clerk who collects photos abandoned at coin-operated photo booths – will she have the courage to do for herself the kindness she has shown for others?
Winner of Best Film at the European Film Awards and nominee of five Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language, Amélie is the highest-grossing French film ever released in the U.S.
Did You Know?
The title role of the film was written for actress Emily Watson—who did not accept the role due to scheduling conflicts and the fact that she didn’t speak French.
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet happened upon the music of Yann Tiersen when his assistant played a CD in his car while riding with Jeunet. Jeunet “owned all his records” by that night and invited Tiersen to write the score for Amélie. The soundtrack hit number one on the French music charts in 2001 and won the World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year.
Since co-writer and director Jean-Pierre Jeunet imagined the film’s setting as a colorful, dreamlike version of Montmartre, the crew had to regularly and meticulously clear the streets of cars, graffiti, and trash before shooting.