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Small Change (1976)
"L'argent de poche" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  17 March 1976 (France)
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In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Félix ...
Grégory's mother (as Nicole Felix)
Chantal Mercier ...
Chantal Petit, the Schoolteacher
Jean-François Stévenin ...
Jean-François Richet, the Schoolteacher (as Jean-François Stevenin)
Virginie Thévenet ...
Lydie Richet (as Virginie Thevenet)
Tania Torrens ...
Nadine Riffle, hairdresser
René Barnerias ...
Monsieur Desmouceaux, Patrick's father
Katy Carayon ...
Sylvie's Mother
Jean-Marie Carayon ...
Police inspector, Sylvie's father
Annie Chevaldonne ...
Nurse
Francis Devlaeminck ...
Monsieur Riffle, hairdresser, Laurent's father
Michel Dissart ...
Monsieur Lomay, constable
Michele Heyraud ...
Madame Deluca
Paul Heyraud ...
Monsieur Deluca
Jeanne Lobre ...
Julien's grandmother (as Jane Lobre)
Vincent Touly ...
Concierge
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In the town of Thiers, summer of 1976, teachers and parents give their children skills, love, and attention. A teacher has his first child, a single mother hopes to meet Mr. Right, another mom reaches out to Patrick, a motherless lad who is just discovering the opposite sex. Patrick befriends Julien, a new student who lives in poverty with his mother and has a terrible secret. Bruno shows his friends how to chat up girls. Sylvie stages a witty protest against her parents. Brothers give a friend a haircut. A toddler falls from a window and is unhurt. Everybody goes to the cinema. At camp, Martine catches Patrick's eye. A teacher explains: "Life is hard, but it's wonderful." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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17 March 1976 (France)  »

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Small Change  »

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Opening Weekend:

$4,624 (USA) (27 November 2009)

Gross:

$38,296 (USA) (17 May 2013)
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François Truffaut:  Sitting in a cabriolet, wearing his standard blue shirt in the first minute of the film. See more »

Quotes

Jean-François Richet, the Schoolteacher: I know we are all thinking about Julien Leclou. It's in the press... and you've heard your parents talking at home. Before you go on vacation... let's talk about Julien. I don't know much more than you do... but I'll tell you how I feel. First, Julien will be taken care of by Welfare. He will be placed in a family. Wherever he goes, he'll be better off than in his own home... where, in his own words, "he was beaten." His mother shall lose her maternal right. For Julien, it may be quite a few ...
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Les enfants s'ennuient le dimanche
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Almost Perfect
19 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is a beautiful movie. It portrays the drama of childhood very realistically and accurately captures the workings of children's minds as they try to make sense of a world that seems tremendously confusing at times. The film deals with all aspects of childhood, from school cafeterias to child abuse, without much adult interpretation of the events. For the most part Truffault is an observer who simply takes the world of these children for what it is: an incomplete, thus innocent, mysterious reality to be figured out by the children in due time. The only time in the movie where he does not do this is the speech by the teacher towards the end of the movie about childrens' rights and the formation of a childrens' political party or some such nonsense (very French--I suppose all French movies must have a "French" moment or two, so all is forgiven).

That having been said, this movie is brilliant and Truffault remains a master, in my eyes.


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