Much the way that Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant starrer “Notting Hill” boosted the cachet of its London namesake, “Amelie From Montmartre” — the fanciful hit that has notched nearly 7 million admissions in France — appears to be doing the same for one of Paris’ quaintest quartiers.
The Cafe des Deux Moulins, which served as waitress Amelie’s place of work in the Jean-Pierre Jeunet-helmed lark, has been inundated with “Amelie” aficionados, and a grocer’s store and a sex shop just down the road have also become places of pilgrimage.
“Amelie” posters dot the landscape, and the gamine face of star Audrey Tautou even adorns the cover of the Deux Moulins’ menus.
“You can tell the film fans because when they come in, they always have these wry smiles on their faces,” says Jacques Labee, the cafe’s proprietor.
Whether such indigenous joys as relishing a creme brulee dessert — which cafe regular Jeunet demonstrated on a recent afternoon — will translate to international auds remains to be seen. The pic hits Germany in August, with the U.S. and other territories slated for the fall.
Labee, for one, is optimistic.
“I hope very soon to be seeing hordes of Japanese ‘Amelie’ fans coming through the door,” he says.