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The problem for Audrey Tautou is that she is doomed to trail clouds of “Amélie” wherever she goes. Those inky round eyes and that pixie mug insure that hers are the features, poor thing, that social anthropologists will eternally reach for when asked to illustrate the term gamine. Or mignonne.
—Anthony Lane's review of Coco Before Chanel in The New Yorker.
Audrey Tautou provides examples of the following tropes:
- Billing Displacement: she's front and center on the American posters for The Spanish Inn, even though her total on-screen time in the whole movie probably wouldn't total 10 minutes.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl: most notably in Amelie but also in some of her other movies.
- One-Woman Song: "Tautou" by Brand New. The lyrics consist of "I'm sinking like a stone in the sea/I'm burning like a bridge for your body".