Amélie is a critically and commercially successful French romantic comedy set in the Parisian district of Montmartre. The film follows the adventurous life of a young waitress named Amélie Poulain, played by Audrey Tautou, as she sets out to improve the lives of the everyday people that surround her life. Amélie Poulain is a young woman whose unusually lonesome childhood has gifted her with a highly active imagination. One fateful day Amélie discovers a hidden compartment in her apartment filled with a child's keepsakes. Amélie, on a whim, takes it upon herself to reunite the items with their owner. In so doing Amélie discovers the joy of helping others and embarks on a journey to better the lives of the friends and acquaintances in her neighborhood. Along the way Amélie becomes a matchmaker, a guardian angel, an escort to the blind, a forgerist, and a practical joker. Amélie's exploits are soon discovered by her reclusive and inquisitive neighbor Raymond Dufayel, played by Serge Merlin, who encourages Amélie to help herself by pursuing a love interest of her own.
Amélie's love interest is an elusive young man named Nino Quincampoix, who has a special interest in photo booth photographs. After coming across the young man's scrapbook full of photos Amélie leads her crush on an imaginative chase around Paris to retrieve it. It takes the support of all the people that Amélie has helped for her to see how lonely she is in her own life. Eventually Amélie must learn to stop playing games and summon the courage to meet the object of her attraction in person.
Amélie was well received by critics and movie-goers alike. The film won two BAFTA Awards, four César Awards, and won Best Film at the European Film Awards. Amelie was nominated for five Academy Awards. The films budget was roughly $10 million and it's worldwide box office receipts totaled $173,921,954. The film was written and directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet.