It tells the story of a shy waitress, who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation.
The film was an international co-production between companies in France and Germany.
Written by Jeunet with Guillaume Laurant, the film is a whimsical depiction of contemporary Parisian life, set in Montmartre.
Grossing over million in limited theatrical release, it is still the highest-grossing French-language film released in the United States.
In 2002, she acted in the British thriller film Dirty Pretty Things directed by Stephen Frears and written by Steven Knight, a drama about two illegal immigrants in London. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and won a British Independent Film Award for "Best Independent British Film" in 2003.
She has received critical acclaim for her many roles including the drama A Very Long Engagement (2004) and the biographical drama Coco avant Chanel (2009).
She has been nominated three times for the César Award and twice for the BAFTA for Best Actress in a leading role.