A brilliant surgeon, Dr. Génessier, helped by his assistant Louise, kidnaps nice young women. He removes their faces and tries to graft them onto the head on his beloved daughter Christiane... See full summary »
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
She was only a little girl. She lived in a great big house... all alone. Where is her mother? Where is her father? Where are all the people who went to visit her? What is her unspeakable secret? Everyone who knows is dead. See more »
Towards the end of the movie, Frank Hallet places the needle on an LP record and classical music is heard. While they are drinking tea, Frank asks Rynn what the music is and she replies, "Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1." As all vinyl LP's had labels in the center which indicated which work/s of music was/were on them, Frank should have known it was Chopin's First Piano Concerto without having to ask Rynn. See more »
[about her mom]
My father had given me a small bottle containing some white powder. He said if she should arrive, I should put it in her tea. Calm her, make her less agressive.
Well it sure did, but you didn't know what it was, eh?
Not until after. I looked it up based on it properties. Potassium cyanide.
And that's what you put in her tea?
Father meant what he said about doing anything you have to to survive.
[Mario looks at his tea]
How come you're not drinking yours?
Mine's still too hot, I ...
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Rynn sits staring at Frank Hallet through the entire ending credits as the fire burns behind her. See more »
There are some films which strike a chord immediately upon seeing, and stay in one's mind over many years. They act as a reference point for your life and experiences.
For me, this film was one such. I saw this about 4 times when it was released. I was aged 14. Jodie Foster played Rynn, a 13 year old in the film. I was an only child. Rynn was an only child.
(I think this was the first and only time I had a crush on a fictional character - the shots of the birthday cake with facial close-ups are still vivid. The - at the time - exotic kaftans added to the ambience.)
The murders and threatened child abuse aside (!), this is a story of survival, of independence, and of a growing realisation of a need for others.
There are many levels to this movie, and I would love to see this again. Perhaps a DVD release is overdue - even if only to satisfy my own nostalgia.
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