Every time I see this commercial for Himalaya herbal face wash I am reminded (in a warm and fuzzy way) of the fabulous French film “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain” aka “Amelie” if you haven’t seen this movie I recommend you get right on it! It’s all about a wonderful young girl in Paris who decides to change the world by changing the lives of the people around her. You’ll feel warm and fuzzy too.
The part of Amélie was written specifically for Emily Watson. She wanted the part but had to decline because she didn’t speak French and had already agreed to be in Gosford Park (2001).
Whenever this film was shot on location, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and the crew would clean the area of debris, grime, trash and graffiti, so that the film would match his fantasy more so. This was an especially difficult task when it came time to shoot at the huge train station.
The traveling gnome was inspired by a rash of similar pranks played in England and France in the 1990s. In 1997, a French court convicted the leader of Front de Libération des Nains de Jardins (Garden Gnome Liberation Front) of stealing over 150 gnomes. The idea was later used in an advertising campaign for an Internet travel agency.
During the film a Volkswagen “New Beetle” appears, although the car was not in production at the time Amelie should live (that would be August 1997 according to newspapers reporting the death of Lady Diana). Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet said he kept it as it fit perfectly with the mood of the film.