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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)

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
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Cast

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Thank heaven for little girls. Thank HELL for the little girl who lives down the lane! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 January 1977 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen am Ende der Straße  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some of the film's early posters featured a child dressed in a frilly lace dress, cuddling a teddy bear while standing in a graveyard. Since Rynn never visits a graveyard, nor is one shown in the film, she doesn't have a teddy bear and doesn't ever wear a dress like that, it's assumed that the poster was only designed that way to promote the "killer kid thriller" concept that was popular at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Office Miglioriti drives up to meet Rynn for the first time a lady is walking by herself up the steps toward the camera. In the next scene the same lady is walking away from the camera, only this time she is seen walking a dog. See more »

Quotes

Rynn: How old do you have to be before people start treating you like a person?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Ida, Be Thy Name: The Frightful Females of Fear (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

A Party For Two
Written and Performed by Christian Gaubert Et Son Orchestre
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User Reviews

 
Not Your Typical Story Line! What a Terrific Off-Beat Thriller.
18 July 2000 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Great Suspense and Atmosphere. This movie instantly became one of my all-time favorites and is difficult to describe without giving too much away. More than most movies I can remember, reading too many comments about it's content beforehand can detract from the viewing experience (and a great one at that!) and ruin the suspense. I will try not to give too much about the film away beforehand.

First of all, I loved the production quality, atmosphere and locale. It would be a great movie to see on Halloween night for example, at least in my opinion. It really can be watched anytime however and will be just as great. The acting was high quality, all the way around but especially with Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen and the direction and score are excellent as well.

I had a problem with the plausibility of Jodie Foster's character behaving essentially as an adult. It was a little tough for me to buy into a 13 (or newly turned 14 year old) cooking gourmet meals, serving fine wines, listening to Chopin and generally acting much older than her chronological age.

Even taking into consideration the events in her life which apparently had shaped her personality, she seemed too mature for her age. If you put that concern aside however and accept it as a given premise of the movie you can sit back and enjoy the fun of trying to figure out what's going on.

And trying to figure out what's going on really *is* fun in this movie. Figuring out what's going on with her mysterious father is enough to keep you occupied in itself (if you think you've figured out what's going on with him you will find later that you probably haven't) and that's only one aspect of this complex scenario.

I hate when movies this good are not in general circulation any longer. Brian de Palma's "Sisters" and many other excellent movies also fall into this category. I can't figure out why studios can't figure out ways to continue to make them available to the public, after all...they went to the trouble to make them in the first place.

If you do get a chance to see "Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane" however, jump at it. You aren't likely to be disappointed.


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