The One French Girl Everyone's Obsessed With

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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.

In March of this year, an adaptation will hit the Broadway stage, which was more than enough inspiration to make Amélie our latest subject of our Current Channeling series.

Scroll down for a brief plot summary (no spoilers, we promise!) and to shop our Amélie-inspired picks to get her Parisian look.


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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.


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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.


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Skipping stones is the perfect dreamy Parisian afternoon activity. 


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Yep, #bedroomgoals.


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The box that changed everything!


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You’ll become smitten with all the different characters Amélie encounters.


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This look inspired women everywhere to cut micro bangs.


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Amélie has a waitress job at a local café.


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A printed umbrella is the ideal adventure companion.

Nicole Kliest
Freelance Contributor

Nicole Kliest is a freelance writer and editor based in New York City who focuses on fashion, travel, food, wine, and pretty much anything else that's amusing to write about. After graduating from Pepperdine University with a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing, she started her career back in 2010 as Who What Wear's photo editor and throughout the last decade has contributed to publications including Fashionista, Harper's Bazaar, Elle, The Zoe Report, PopSugar, Fodor's Travel, and several others. She also copywrites and has worked with clients such as Frame, Sea, 3x1, Intelligentsia, and others to develop brand voices through storytelling and creative marketing. She's very passionate about the ways we can improve our sustainability efforts in the fashion industry as well as cultivating content that's diverse and inclusive of all people. When she's not checking out the latest restaurant opening in her West Village neighborhood or riding her bicycle along the West Side Highway, she can be found scheming her next trip somewhere around the world. (Up next is Vienna.)