Savages’ Jehnny Beth says she hates ‘Amélie’ and people who love it

Savages singer picks the whimsical French romcom as her 'worst film ever'

Savages‘ Jehnny Beth has revealed that she is not a fan of classic French romcom Amélie.

Released in 2001, the whimsical Paris-set comedy starred Audrey Tautou as a shy cafe waitress who finds love while trying to improve the lives of others around her. The film became a surprise hit at the global box office, and picked up five nominations at the following year’s Academy Awards, including Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Language Film. It also helped to propel Tautou, who later appeared in The Da Vinci Code, to international stardom.

Asked to name her worst film ever, Beth told The Guardian: “Amélie. It’s a lie from start to finish. I hate the portrayal of this young lady waiting for the perfect love and being so naive, being an absolutely boring child. And I hate people who love that film, too.”

Amélie remains generally well-regarded, and holds a 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. A stage musical based on the film premiered at the Berkeley Repertory Theater in California last month, though the film’s director, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, has distanced himself from the adaptation, saying he only sold the stage rights to raise money for a French children’s charity.