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When it comes to French films, Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 feature Amélie takes the cake. Audrey Tautou’s portrayal of the quirky, lovable Parisian whose knack for imagination and adventure is one of our all-time favorite roles. Though the film is now 16 years old, it’s still an absolute favorite in our library.
Scroll down for a brief plot summary (no spoilers, we promise!) and to shop our Amélie-inspired picks to get her Parisian look.
After a childhood of parental neglect, Amélie grows up and decides to move into her own apartment in the Parisian neighborhood of Montmartre. Though introverted, she has a fierce imagination that leads her to a very pivotal discovery (you’ll have to watch to find out what!). After this, she decides to devote her time to doing good for others.
Along the way, she meets a slew of fascinating and peculiar characters, including a love interest, with whom she engages in a game of cat and mouse.
The film’s cinematography, breathtaking score by Yann Tiersen, and charming wardrobe all make this a standout film in our book. Keep going to see more film stills and to shop our inspired picks.
Skipping stones is the perfect dreamy Parisian afternoon activity.