Amélie Poulain’s Fabulous Fate is a French film from 2001, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and written by Guillaume Laurant. The film is starring the eccentric Amélie Poulain, who we know from her fertilization to her adulthood. The film narrates its illusions and disappointments with a certain humor and with traces of a fantastic universe. It tells us a little about Amélie’s family, her difficulties in relating, her unusual tastes and, mainly, her ability to observe very peculiar things. Amélie grows up in an interior universe that is absolutely troubled and, throughout the film, she learns to deal with her loneliness.
The shy little girl, in search of an independent life, moves to Montmartre in a small apartment where she starts living alone and working as a waitress in a cafe called Les Deux Moulins (which today, due to the success of the film, is a major tourist attraction in Paris). One of the definitive events in the plot is when the protagonist, upon watching the news of Lady Di’s death accident, drops an object that hits a tile showing the way to a little hole, a hiding place, in the apartment where she lives, in which the former resident he would have hidden his “treasure” as a child. This box full of history and particularity also becomes Amélie’s new treasure that is motivated – from then on – to return, anonymously, the box to its owner.
The feature film is made up of details, from the cinematographic elements that make up the narrative, to the construction of Amélie’s personality, which is endowed with a complex inner world, externalized through small pleasures. Trying to improve the disconcerted world around her, she rediscovers herself and learns to give life to the sensations that the details can bring. And, in this way, the plot revolves around these small discoveries perceived by the protagonist’s sensitivity to the skin. One of the pleasures she has is breaking the sugar Crème Brûlée. This pleasure is totally re-signified after the success of the film. Break the cone Crème Brûlée it became a common pleasure for viewers of the film. Voilà! Here is the recipe for Crème Brûlée by Amélie Poulain.
- 2 cups fresh cream
- ½ cup of sugar
- 6 sieved gems
- 1 vanilla bean
- how much sugar is enough
- roasting torch
- In a bowl, whisk the sifted egg yolks and sugar until the mixture is whitish. Reserve.
- Open the vanilla, remove the seeds and place them in a pan together with the fresh cream. Place over a fire until warm.
- With a ladle, place the hot cream mixture in the egg yolk bowl. Always messing with the fouet and gradually incorporating it so that the egg yolks do not cook.
- Distribute the cream evenly through the ramekins.
- Bake in a water bath in a preheated oven at 160ºC for approximately 40 minutes.
- Let it chill for at least 6 hours.
- When serving, add sugar (depending on the desired thickness of the cone, add more or less) and toast gently with the blowtorch.
TIP: The time of the cream in the oven can vary depending on the size of your ramekins. Mine, as they were very small, were baked for only 30 minutes.