Canal Saint-Martin lock bridge

Movie Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2001)
The place where Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) likes to ricochet is located on the Canal Saint-Martin's lock bridge, which allows you to go from the rue Bichat to the quai de Valmy.

On the other hand, [Amélie] enjoys all sorts of little pleasures, putting her hand in a bag of seeds, piercing the crust of crème brûlée with the tip of a spoon. And play at ducks and drakes on the Saint-Martin-canal.

The narrator (André Dussolier)

In a beautiful description of Amélie (Audrey Tautou), the narrator (André Dussolier) lists all the little pleasures that the young woman allows herself.

She regularly goes to the lock bridge of the Canal Saint-Martin to perform ricochets. A place she has frequented with her father since her childhood.


The film won 4 Césars: Best Director, Best Film, Best Original Score and Best Set Design.

In reality, Audrey Tautou couldn’t do ricochets, so this scene was done in CGI in post-production.

Quai de Valmy

The Quai de Valmy is located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris and runs along the Canal Saint-Martin, an ideal place for tourist walks.

With a length of 1720 m, the Quai de Valmy was created in 1824. Previously, it was more than 3 km long and started from the boulevard Beaumarchais to the place de la Bastille.

Paying tribute to the Battle of Valmy, this quay was named in 1830. It was targeted twice by the German air force during the First World War.

Today, the Quai de Valmy is an important tourist attraction. Its limits go from 27 rue du Faubourg-du-Temple to 230 rue La Fayette.

It runs along the Canal Saint-Martin in its open air part. There are many bridges and locks allowing pedestrians to cross from one bank to the other.

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