PARIS

Amélie's Paris

 

The district of Place des Abbesses, on the Butte Montmartre, is one of the most charming in the capital. Audiences around the world also know the location of Amélie, the fantastic romantic comedy by Jean-Pierre Jeunet in which Audrey Tautou plays the role of an eccentric young woman who makes jokes to improve the lives of the people around her. . Much of Amélie's appeal lies in her heroine's idyllic postcard-like vision of Paris - but it's not just a cinematic fantasy. Guided tour, discover these magical places for yourself.

Le cinéma d'Amélie Poulain

 

Studio 28

Studio 28 is one of the oldest cinemas in Paris, a sacred place for Parisian film buffs for its part in the capital's cinematographic history: this is where Luis Buñuel's L'Age d'Or provoked riots when it premiered in 1930. It is also, you may remember, the place where Amélie likes to go on Friday nights.

 

Saint Vincent Street

rue Saint Vincebt à Montmartre

 

And ... action! In Amélie's very first scene, the camera follows the buzzing of a blue mob along the cobbled, green rue Saint-Vincent, behind the Sacré-Coeur basilica, at the top of Montmartre, on the day of conception. of our heroine.

 

Café des 2 Moulins

café des deux moulins à montmartre

 

Yes, Amélie's café really does exist, hidden in rue Lepic, below Place des Abbesses. The crème brûlée in this fabulous Art Deco hideaway now bears the name of Amélie Poulain, the most famous fictitious employee of the café.

 

Canal Saint-Martin

canal saint-Martin

 

The Canal Saint Martin is very popular on sunny summer days, Parisians and tourists picnicking by the canal, but this charming bridge over one of the locks is also the place where Amélie has fun doing ricochets with pebbles.

 

Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris

 

This one only requires a little introduction. Perhaps the most famous landmark in Paris ... and, in a splendid moment of anarchy from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the scene of the suicide of Amélie's mother. Charming.

 

Abbesses metro station

métro Abbesses

 

Well, you can't miss this step there. Abbesses metro station is the place where Amélie first spies on Nino, the man she ends up falling in love with after chasing him through Paris.

 

La Butte grocery store

Épicier de la butte montmartre

 

The scene where Amélie describes the tantalizing pleasures of the local market to a blind man is one of the film's most touching moments ... a fact that is not lost on the enterprising trader of today.

 

Lamarck Caulaincourt

metro Lamarck Caulaincourt

 

The double staircase in front of the Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro station, where Amélie shares a moment of pleasure with her blind friend.

 

North Station

e4-OQXo_noA-mLgFWagqiIg-ifill_2048.jpg

 

It is at the Paris central station and the Eurostar terminal that Amélie lays her first eyes on Nino, and it is also there that she takes the train to visit her father.

 

Studio 28

e4-OQXo_noA-ZYlqPx3DaN8-ifill_2048.jpg

 

Studio 28 is one of the oldest cinemas in Paris, a sacred place for Parisian film buffs for its part in the capital's cinematographic history: this is where Luis Buñuel's L'Age d'Or provoked riots when it premiered in 1930. It is also, you may remember, the place where Amélie likes to go on Friday nights.

 

Bir Hakeim Bridge

e4-OQXo_noA-cNBG55aOzec-ifill_2048.jpg

 

The famous Passy viaduct, which spans the Seine, is perhaps more familiar to spectators of Last Tango in Paris or Inception, but it also arises in Amélie.

 

Costume rental store, Boulevard Saint Martin

e4-OQXo_noA-6Oa_2X-SQpI-ifill_2048.jpg

 

Amélie's Zorro costume must have come from somewhere.

 

East Railway Station

e4-OQXo_noA-vbObb1Yb3cs-ifill_2048.jpg

 

The Gare de l'Est room is an important place for Amélie fans. This is where Nico, Amélie's lover, loses his album of memories and an important point of the plot is played out at the end of the film. Spoilers!

 

The bridge of Arts

e4-OQXo_noA-5q_d5KWZLt0-ifill_2048.jpg

 

It is on the magnificent Pont des Arts in Paris, which crosses the Seine between the Louvre and the Institut Français, that Amélie experiences for the first time "a surge of love, a need for 'helping humanity'. If only it had the same effect on all Parisians.

 

Sacré-Coeur

e4-OQXo_noA-a1_2kq39zYw-ifill_2048.jpg

 

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Montmartre, or quite simply the Sacré-Coeur, is the site of an elaborate treasure hunt that Amélie sets up for her "mystery man" Nico. Follow the blue arrows ...