Explain how Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain represents French cinema at its era. What social phenomenon does the film reflect (what theme/main idea is being delivered by the film)?

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Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (or Amélie) is a film directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet with Audrey Tautou as the titular character. It is one of the most internationally successful French movies of all time, from both box office and critical review perspectives. Amélie is a lonely waitress who resolves to make the world a better place by helping others after a chance event. After a series of successes and failures, she ultimately finds love and happiness with a man named Nino.

The movie is quintessentially French in every way. It takes place in the Paris neighborhood of Montmarte, includes a number of eccentric Parisians, and has a general quirkiness that feels like it could have only come from France. The film is light, airy, and sweet, like a croissant from a French bakery. You could view it as a celebration of France, Paris, and French sensibilities. In this way, it aligns very much with French cinema of the early 2000s. Many of these films follow a familiar formula (e.g., the "Rom-Com") but put their own twist on it. This is precisely what Amélie does so well. It isn't that the film tells us something that we haven't heard before. It's how it says it.

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