The memorable 2001 film Amélie is as much a love letter to Paris—and Montmarte—as it is about budding love between two big-hearted and peculiar young people.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet captures the whimsy and eccentricity of contemporary life in Montmartre by sending his characters on cat-and-mouse chases up and down the stairs to the Sacré Coeur and on scooter rides along cobblestone streets.
Many of the film’s richly saturated scenes are shot right here, just blocks from our apartment.
In fact, we keep the Amélie DVD in the apartment, so you can watch the film, then head out to explore its setting.
And this website, Paris Cheapskate, offers a free guided tour you can follow on your smartphone as you follow in Amélie’s footsteps.