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French visa # 11748.
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In a television interview ("Vivement Dimanche Prochain", France 2, 17 April 2005) Brigitte Fossey, who played the little Paulette, revealed that the film had originally been shot as a short, and then it was later decided to extend it into a feature film. Unfortunately she had lost her milk teeth and Georges Poujouly (who plays the boy Michel) had had his hair cut to play in Nous sommes tous des assassins (1952). So, in many scenes of the movie Paulette has false teeth and Michel is wearing a wig.
Brigitte Fossey claimed that when her family saw a newspaper ad searching for a 9 to 11 year old girl for a film, they brought her to the audition despite the fact she was only 6. She was then noticed by René Clément's wife and the major part of Paulette went to her.
The bridge seen in the first scenes is an old roman bridge that crossed the Verdon river near Aiguines (Var - France). This place is now unfortunately submerged by the waters of the Sainte-Croix lake.
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In spite of her starring as an early child, Brigitte Fossey has stated later she would never recommend this film to a very young audience.
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Brigitte Fossey's first film.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list.
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