Le Sacré-cœur

Movie Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2001)
Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) returns her lost photo album to Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz) in the Sacré-cœur.
Sacré-Cœur Paris
Sacré-Cœur Paris - Crédit photo : Fantrippers

– Hello ?

– I know who the mystery man of the photo machines is, M. Quincampoix. He’s a ghost, M. Quincampoix. Nobody can see him. He can only be seen on photographs. When a girl has her picture taken, he moans: hooooooooooo. While he softly caresses her neck. That’s when he’s caught by the camera, M. Quincampoix !

– Who are you?

– Page 51.

Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) and Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz)

Since she saw Nino Quincampoix (Mathieu Kassovitz), Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tatou) has been in love with him.

However, it’s not easy to confess his feelings for the young woman because she’s awfully shy and has a lot of trouble approaching him.

She then invents a stratagem in order to be closer to him. She imagines a great treasure hunt to find one of her lost photo albums. Nino is a compulsive collector. He collects photo booth pictures that have fallen to the ground.

In a particularly well-filmed scene, Amélie returns her photo case she found to Nino on the esplanade in front of the Sacré-Coeur.


At the 2002 Academy Awards the film was nominated five times (Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Set Design, Best Sound and Best Foreign Film)

The garden gnome used in the film was given to the owner of the Café des deux moulins at the end of the shooting. It sat for some time in the bistro before being stolen.


The district of Montmartre and the Sacré-Coeur are one and the same. The basilica is one of the most popular monuments for tourists in Paris.

The artists did not necessarily see its arrival in a good light. The Sacré-Coeur is not limited to the image of Paris on postcards.

The place where it was built was also controversial. The top of the Montmartre hill is full of history but also tragedies. It is there that on March 18, 1871 began the insurrection of the Paris Commune. It lasted two months and was repressed in blood, with nearly 30,000 deaths.

It is in this context that the construction of the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur was decided by a law of public utility of July 24, 1873. This decision led to virulent debates. A subscription is even launched, in fifty years, it will collect 46 million francs.

The first stone was laid in 1875 but was not completed until 1923. During all this time, the inhabitants of Montmartre and in particular the many artists living there, do not see the project in a good light. As early as 1910, some people were already calling for its destruction.

But from the top of its 83 m, to which we must add the 130 m of the hillock where it is erected, the basilica always overhangs Paris. It welcomes more than 11 and a half million visitors per year.

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By Damien Canteau

Monday, March 15, 2021

Passionné par l'Histoire, les animés, les Arts et la bande dessinée en particulier, Damien est le rédacteur en chef du site spécialisé dans le 9e art, Comixtrip.

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