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Arlette Langmann (writer)
Maurice Pialat (writer)
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22 January 1969 (France) See more »
An anguished foster child takes to mischief and lies as his foster parents do their best to love and care for him. But it might be too little, too late in this emotionally devastating portrayal of the orphaned child. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Maverick French director Maurice Pialat shows tough lives of adopted children. See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)
Michel Terrazon ... François
Linda Gutenberg ... Simone (as Linda Gutemberg)
Raoul Billerey ... Roby
Pierrette Deplanque ... Josette
Marie-Louise Thierry ... Madame Minguet
René Thierry ... Minguet
Henri Puff ... Raoul
Marie Marc ... Meme
Maurice Coussonneau ... Letillon

Directed by
Maurice Pialat 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Arlette Langmann  writer
Maurice Pialat  writer

Produced by
Véra Belmont .... producer
Guy Benier .... producer
Claude Berri .... producer
Mag Bodard .... producer
François Truffaut .... producer
Cinematography by
Claude Beausoleil 
Sound Department
Henri Moline .... sound engineer
Gilbert Pereira .... sound assistant

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Also Known As:
"L'enfance nue" - France (original title)
"Naked Childhood" - International (English title) (literal English title), USA (festival title)
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83 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The character Francois was based on a real-life foster child named Didier who lived with René Thierry and Marie-Louise Thierry.See more »
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Maverick French director Maurice Pialat shows tough lives of adopted children., 4 June 2013
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

Loyal viewers of French cinema would agree if one were to claim that to a very large extent film directors in France tend to take their inspirations from events which have had significant impact on their lives. This is also the case with two directors associated with this film namely Maurice Pialat and François Truffaut who experienced troubled times during their individual childhoods. In Maurice Pialat's Naked Childhood / L'Enfance Nue, the viewers get a first hand view of the tough times faced by some French parents who raise adopted children. As far as the 'nakedness' of the film's title is concerned, it has a lot to do with the brutal, direct and frank portrayal of one adopted boy who is rejected by all and sundry due to his bad behavior and mood swings. Maurice Pialat has avoided any kind of sentimentality as his film is for both parents and children. The focus is more on recognizing a child as an individual, a type of human being who deserves to be understood. Although the major focus in this film is about a 'difficult' child, a kind of emotional balance is created as its story has been told from the point of view of a second adopted child and other adults who have become a part of these boys' lives.

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