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Le martien de Noël (1971)

The film tells the story of an alien from outer space who befriends two young children when he lands in a small town in Quebec.





Cast overview:
Le Martien / The Visitor
Catherine Leduc ...
Katou / Cathy
François Gosselin ...
François / Frankie
Laframboise / Mr. Framer
Roland Chenail ...
Le chef de police / Police Chief
Le père / Father
Louise Poulin-Roy ...
La mère / Mother
Paul Berval ...
Le garagiste / Uncle Henry
Ernest Guimond ...
Le père Bonneville / Storekeeper
Yvan Canuel ...
Yvon Leroux ...
Taxi Driver


The martian comes to this small town in Quebec and becomes friends with the town children. He gives them smarties to get the children into his spacecraft. This alarms the parents and they decide to kill the alien. The alien wins them over and they have a great big Christmas party. Written by Denis Major <major@cwconnect.ca>

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Family | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

September 1992 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Il Marziano di Natale  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Nice but dull children's SF.
30 October 2000 | by (Bolton, England) – See all my reviews

An odd little film which anticipates "E.T." with its story of a friendly alien who is hunted by the local law enforcers but befriended by two children who help him repair his flying saucer. This slight story is bolstered by plenty of shots of people driving around on snowmobiles and shots of the snowy landscape which means the film often resembles a tourist travelogue. Still it is one of the only SF films made in the French Canadian region which gives it a slight curiosity value.

The alien resembles a circus clown whose make up was devised by Andy Warhol. He indulges in some lame slapstick and low key alien behaviour which confuses the local adults and delights their children. This film has a warm fuzzy feel to it which stops me being particularly vitriolic about it, but I can't seriously recommend it to anyone either due to the rather slow pace and predictability of the whole affair.

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