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Small Change (1976)

L'argent de poche (original title)
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)
Georges Desmouceaux ...
Patrick Desmouceaux (as Geory Desmouceaux)
Tania Torrens ...
Nadine Riffle, hairdresser
René Barnerias ...
Monsieur Desmouceaux, Patrick's father
Philippe Goldmann ...
Julien Leclou
Katy Carayon ...
Sylvie's Mother
Laurent Devlæminck ...
Laurent Riffle
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
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Storyline

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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17 March 1976 (France)  »

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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 Small Change (1978) See more »

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Les enfants s'ennuient le dimanche
Written and Performed by Charles Trenet
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One of Truffaut's masterpieces - a brilliant film
12 August 2001 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This a very French film, with generous helpings of humanity, humour and a sense of poetic realism. It is unpretentious and simple, yet very accurate and witty on its depiction of the realistic/surrealistic world children inhabit. There are several brilliant sequences; for instance, the scene where a rather shy boy (who lives a secluded life with his handicapped father) displays a healthy appetite while sharing a dinner at a schoolmate's home is poignant yet reassuringly lively and optimistic. We are also reminded that children are very resilient (watch the sequence involving the little Gregory and his cat.) With this film, François Truffaut reaffirmed his mastery as a film-maker and urban poet.


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