(Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France/Germany 2001, 123 min., French and Russian w/ subtitles, 35mm)
Holidays. Endlessly charming Audrey Tautou stars in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s playful tribute to contemporary Parisian life. After living a sheltered childhood, Amélie Poulain takes a job as a waitress in the bustling Montmartre neighborhood. As she interacts with the café’s eccentric clientele, she realizes that she possesses a gift for making others happy. Channeling the breeziness of the French Impressionists, Jeunet takes great pleasure in observing life’s little details, balancing them with Amélie’s frenzied imagination. A fantastical, whimsical jaunt, Amélie has become a favorite among cinephiles and general audiences alike, garnering five Academy Award nominations and countless international awards.