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

 -  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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Box Office

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 »

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Little Grégory: Gregory go boom!
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Referenced in Frances Ha (2012) See more »

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Les enfants s'ennuient le dimanche
Written and Performed by Charles Trenet
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Truffaut at his best
19 December 1999 | by (Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

While Francois Truffaut made many wonderful films, he was always at his best when dealing with children. In "Small Change" he handles many of the same themes as he did in his classic "The 400 Blows." But this time he is capturing the joy of childhood, not the pain. One could say, in fact, that this is "The 400 Blows" with sugar frosting on top. It is a pure delight from beginning to end.

Scenes to watch for: 1) Little Gregory's adventure at the window (a scene that would make Alfred Hitchcock proud), 2) The double date at the movies, and 3) The teacher watching the birth of his first child.

Francois, why did you have to leave us so soon?


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