Study Guide

Amélie Love

Love

PATRON: All women want to sleep on a man's shoulder.

This is coming from a male patron at the café. Amélie is definitely #notallwomen, and in a way, the romantic roles of Amélie and Nino are reversed. She is the one in control, sort of, and he is doing the pursuing. At the end, it's Nino asleep on her shoulder, not the other way around.

AMÉLIE: I see you've never known true love.
SUZANNE: I did. It shortened my leg. […] They always drop you at the last minute.

Suzanne, the owner of the café, has a tragic love story: she was literally dropped by a trapeze artist. Why doesn't Amélie try to help her find love again?

[Amélie schemes to fix up Joseph and Georgette.]

Amélie basically lies to get Joseph and Georgette together, but surprisingly, it works… for a time. These two seem perfect for each other, but why doesn't it work out?

NEWSWOMAN: A woman without love wilts like a flower without the sun.

A newswoman says this to Georgette, making her consider starting a romance with Joseph. Does the newswoman have a point? Dufayel seems to be making the same suggestion to Amélie about Nino later in the movie, without using the exact same phrasing.

NARRATOR: She's in love.

When Nino is left one picture from his album as a clue, he wonders what type of girl could have left it for him. The picture speaks to him in his imagination, telling him that the girl is in love with him. It's a fantasy for him, and it mirrors a scene from earlier in which Amélie's paintings talked about her feelings for Nino, too. The fact that these two people have similar fantasies shows they are made for each other.

NARRATOR: Love, the only bug she hadn't caught.

Georgette, the hypochondriac, has pretty much had every sickness except lovesickness. Ironically, the love she has for Joseph turns out to be just as genuine as her sciatica (i.e., completely made up), and their relationship fizzles as quickly as all her other ailments.

AMÉLIE: I know I've made the mistake of my life. I turned down that woman's money. If all goes well, I'll soon be able to afford a house. I dream of better times ahead when you'll forgive me and join me here one orange-colored day. Your ever-loving Adrien.

Amélie crafts this love letter to the landlady from her dead husband by piecing together bits of his previous letters. So, on one hand, it's totally fake, but Amélie wouldn't have been able to make the letter at all if Madeleine's husband hadn't loved her at one point.

NARRATOR: Maybe her thoughts are with somebody else. […] More likely a boy she saw somewhere and felt an affinity with.

Dufayel realizes that Amélie's thoughts have begun to fixate on Nino. She wants to push her love for him aside and move on with her life, but Dufayel knows that her life will only be able to move on if it's with Nino.

NARRATOR: He's going to put down his spoon, dip his finger in the sugar, turn around slowly and speak to me.

We've been shown how Amélie appreciates little details that no one else notices, and she already knows this about Nino somehow from observing him. She probably wouldn't have picked up on such a small behavior were she not already falling for him.