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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

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(as Nicholas Gessner)

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(novel), (screenplay)
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Mort Shuman ...
Miglioriti
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Mario
Dorothy Davis ...
Town Hall Clerk
Clesson Goodhue ...
Bank Manager
Hubert Noël ...
Bank Clerk (as Hubert Noel)
Jacques Famery ...
Bank Clerk
Mary Morter ...
Teller
Julie Wildman ...
Teller
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Storyline

Rynn Jacobs is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in a secluded house that she and her father have rented in a quiet seaside community. But whenever anybody from the town tries to satisfy their curiosity, Rynn's father is never around, and it seems as if the girl is all alone. Rynn's resourcefulness is put to the test as several people try to find out what she might be hiding, including the snobby landlady and her sleazy son. Written by acidxian

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Ask her no questions, she'll tell you no lies. Ask her too many and somebody dies. See more »


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Release Date:

26 January 1977 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen am Ende der Straße  »

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CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Alexis Smith bemoaned the fact that she "had only two scenes. They used to call these 'small roles', now they say 'cameos'." Smith was impressed with Jodie Foster after filming the scene where Mrs. Hallet slaps Rynn across the face. "She told me, 'Hit me hard. It's OK.' She's very professional." See more »

Goofs

When Frank Hallet shows Rynn the hairpin and fingernail he has found in the cellar, he holds them in the palm of his left hand, with no rings on his fingers. In the very next shot a wedding ring is visible on the ring finger of his left hand as removes his cape. See more »

Quotes

Mario: Yeah, but kids have to go to school.
Rynn: Why?
Mario: Okay, so your father taught you. Everybody doesn't have a father like yours. Everybody can't be like you.
Rynn: If I'd listened to them, I'd be like them.
Mario: Damn. You keep saying "them" like everyone's out to get you.
Rynn: Maybe they are.
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Crazy Credits

Rynn sits staring at Frank Hallet through the entire ending credits as the fire burns behind her. See more »

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My Dear Mario
Written and Performed by Christian Gaubert Et Son Orchestre
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Weird.
23 February 2002 | by (Haddonfield, IL) – See all my reviews

In this film, Jodie Foster plays a little girl who lives down a lane.

Well OK, there's more to it than just that. She also might have killed a few people (but maybe not). It's possible that there's something wrong with her father (but maybe not). The local child molester wants her (definitely not a maybe) and she gets nervous whenever anyone goes near the basement (maybe they'd better not).

What's great about this movie is the way that the filmmakers, as well as the actors, create a believable environment for the story. Of course Jodie's great as usual, but so is everyone else. Martin Sheen is deliciously vile, and Alexis Smith does a similarly nasty turn as Sheen's movie mom. While plausible, the story most likely would never happen this way, but the actors make you overlook that. The reason I like this movie so much is that it's one of those atmospheric 70s films where the horror is part of the environment. Although there is little violence, the movie is ominously photographed and the performances add to the unsettling effect. I hate to sound maudlin, but this is something that seems to have evaporated from filmmaking in recent years. Simply put, they don't make 'em like this anymore.

Definitely an unusual story and film. I can't think of anything else quite like it, actually. It's definitely one of Jodie's best roles, even though she was relatively young when this was made, and it's worth looking up if you can find it.


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