Poster for Amélie

Winter 2002 Main series

Sunday, January 27, 2002 at 7:00pm

Empire Theatres, New Minas, NS

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Starring Matthieu Kassowitz and Audrey Tautou

Rated 14A · 2h 2m

An only child of eccentric parents, Amélie (Audrey Tautou) is home-schooled and sheltered in a quirky existence of pure imagination. Profoundly affected by her upbringing, Amélie grows into an exquisitely beautiful and quixotic young woman who forges a life for herself working in a Montmartre café frequented by a wealth of eccentric characters. She accidentally discovers an old keepsake box hidden in her apartment by a former child occupant, now grown up. After secretly returning the box to its astonished owner, Amélie experiences great joy as she witnesses the emotional reunion of the man and his childhood treasure. Exhilarated, she embarks on a mission to work similar miracles for others of her little Montmartre neighbourhood. Excitement quickens when the sweet world of the modern missionary is disturbed by a chance encounter with an awkward loner, Nino (Mathieu Kassovitz) which sparks a surprising attraction between the two. The shy, solitary Amélie must now work a miracle for herself. This vibrant, fable-like story of interconnected lives in Paris dazzles with wit and surreal imagery, woven with a magical visual style of irresistible whimsy. A smash in the US, UK, and Europe, winner of the AGF People’s Choice Award® at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival.

“More than just stylistic fireworks, Amélie is the genuine…article.” – Film Journal International

“A little bit of magic and a lot of charisma.” – Toronto Star