Café des deux moulins
Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) works as a waitress in this café, which has become an icon of international cinema since Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film. And yet, the director had to insist to the former owner to be able to put his cameras there. After discovering the place at a luncheon in October 1999, his first request was dismissed.
At the head of the establishment since 1986, Claude Labbé does not want to impose a shake-up on other businesses. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is committed to doing everything possible to disturb as little as possible: no weekend shoots or delivery hours, no cables on the sidewalk or production trucks on the street… After interviewing his loyal customers, almost all of them in favour, Claude Labbé agreed. He won’t regret it. “I had a unique and wonderful experience with this film.
Today, people come from the United States to visit the Deux Moulins. Jean-Pierre Jeunet has perfectly captured the charm of Parisian cafés and all the poetry of the neighbourhood,” he says when he retired in 2002.
And this connection with the work is so strong that he decides to sell his establishment, not to the highest bidder, but to the one “most able to preserve Amelie’s cafe.” It still lives on and is part of the attraction of the place. The map is entirely turned around the film, with crème brûlées among the best sellers, and tourists parade to photograph it.
that’s the number of admissions the film has made in the world since its release
Years after filming, some even asked Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Jodie Foster to step aside so as not to be on their picture. They had not recognized either the director or the actress. Only the tobacco counter, run by Georgette (Isabelle Nanty), no longer exists today. During filming, smoking customers sometimes begged the actress to sell them cigarettes. More than just a coffee, a myth!
Café des Deux Moulins
Is it still necessary to present the Café des Deux Moulins, world-famous since a certain Amélie worked there as a waitress?
The memory of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s heroine is, here, omnipresent: a poster of the film still stands inside the café-brasserie, whose name refers to the Moulin-Rouge and the Galette, a photo of the character played by Audrey Tautou is displayed behind the counter, and a display case related to the film – where you can see the pig lamp from the feature film – decorates the corridor leading to the toilets. The menu, too, remembers the filming, so you can enjoy an Amélie bowl and Amélie’s famous crème brûlée. No colt steak, however: so much the better.
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