Amélie: Fabricating a New French Fable

With awards season gearing up, Amélie is the frontrunner for at least one Oscar: Best Foreign Language Film. Released in the United States in November, this Jean-Pierre Jeunet confection had already taken France, its native country, by storm, racking up about $40 million in box-office receipts and scoring four European Film Awards. "It's almost like Titanic in France," says director Jeunet, who was in New York last fall to promote the movie.

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