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Amelie (2001)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

Amélie (2001, Fr.) (aka Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain)

In the whimsical charming French film from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet about a shy and lonely Montmartre waitress who decided to bring joy and happiness to others:

  • the film's dizzying, hilarious, fast-paced, quick-cut introduction surveying the title character Amelie's (Audrey Tautou) life from actual conception, through her mother's growing pregnancy (in time-lapse), to adulthood
Introduction to Amelie's Life
  • the scene of Amelie's cherubic-faced discovery of an old tin box, hidden in her apartment bathroom's wall behind a dislodged tile, that was filled with a schoolboy's long-forgotten toys, treasures, and mementos from 40 years earlier: ("Only the discoverer of Tutankhamen's tomb would know how she felt upon finding this treasure hidden by a little boy 40 years earlier")
  • Amelie's epiphany ("a dazzling idea") while lying in bed that she would return the box to its owner, do good deeds, help others find true happiness, and straighten out their lives: ("Wherever he was, she would find the box's owner and give him back his treasure. If he was touched, she'd become a regular do-gooder. If not, too bad") - in her first effort, she successfully located Dominique Bretodeau (Maurice Bénichou), the box's owner
  • the moment that an embarrassed Amelie literally melted off the screen onto the floor
Amelie's Three Kisses - A Kissing Game
  • the first sighting of Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz) when Amelie saw him collecting strangers' discarded photographs from passport photo booths
  • the scene of Amelie's tender greeting of quirky true love Nino in her apartment, first kissing him on one cheek and then the other, and on his left eye - after they stared awkwardly at each other for a few moments; then, she pointed to her lips and he gave her reciprocal kisses on her face - finally discovering happiness and romance for herself

Amelie's Discovery of Tin Box

Amelie's Epiphany

Melting Off Screen

Amelie's First Sighting of Nino


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