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The Wild Child (1970)
"L'enfant sauvage" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  11 September 1970 (USA)
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In a French forest in 1798, a child is found who can not walk, speak, read or write. A doctor becomes interested in the child and patiently attempts to civilize him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Cargol ...
Victor, l'enfant sauvage
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Le Dr Jean Itard
Françoise Seigner ...
Madame Guerin
Jean Dasté ...
Professor Philippe Pinel
Annie Miller ...
Madame Lemeri
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Monsieur Lemeri
Paul Villé ...
Remy
Nathan Miller ...
Baby Lemeri
Mathieu Schiffman ...
Mathieu
Jean Gruault ...
Visitor at Institute
Robert Cambourakis ...
Countryman
Gitt Magrini ...
Countrywoman
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Countryman
Laura Truffaut ...
Girl at farm
Eva Truffaut ...
Girl at farm
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Storyline

1798. In a forest, some countrymen catch a wild child who can not walk, speak, read nor write. Doctor Itard is interested by the child, and starts to educate him. Everybody thinks he will fail, but with a lot of love and patience, he manages to obtain results and the child continues with normal development. This is based on true story. Written by Yepok

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At last an adult film to which you can take your children.

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11 September 1970 (USA)  »

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The Wild Child  »

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Opening Weekend:

$6,680 (USA) (7 November 2008)

Gross:

$61,373 (USA) (15 January 2010)
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Trivia

The Los Angeles opening of this film occurred one week before the discovery of an American "wild child", a young girl who had been kept isolated from human contact much of her life. The team of doctors working with her, arranged a private viewing of the French film for inspiration. See more »

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The chalkboard goes from wet to dry between shots. See more »

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Le Dr Jean Itard: For the present, his emotions appear unaffected. Despite the ill-treatment he endured at the institute, no one ever saw him cry.
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A Victory for Truffaut
6 January 2008 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

An absolutely enthralling film, based on the true story of a real-life boy "Tarzan". Discovered in a French Aveyron forest, in the late 1700s, "The Wild Child" was considered to be a deaf and dumb savage. But, young doctor Jean Itard (played by director Francois Truffaut) believes he can "civilize" the child. With tentative permission from the child's guardian "Institute for the Deaf and Dumb", Dr. Itard takes the savage boy into his home. Itard becomes the child's teacher and, ultimately, surrogate parent. Housekeeper Françoise Seigner adds some expert motherly affection. Itard symbolically names the boy "Victor" due to his preference for the ending "O" sound.

Director/writer/co-star Truffaut's "L' Infant sauvage" is a minor masterpiece. It's beautifully photographed (by Nestor Almendros), thought-provoking, and emotionally captivating. The ending events are, in fact, an emotional roller-coaster. Truffaut elicits a tremendous performance from Jean-Pierre Cargol as the savage young Victor. A great film for parents, teachers, and children (which means, of course, everyone).

********* L' Infant sauvage (2/26/70) François Truffaut ~ Jean-Pierre Cargol, François Truffaut, Françoise Seigner, Jean Dasté


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