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A Little Romance (1979)

A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius who enchants them with his storytelling. In an ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
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Martin
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A French boy (Daniel) and an American girl (Lauren), who goes to school in Paris, meet and begin a little romance. They befriend Julius who enchants them with his storytelling. In an attempt to ensure the teens' love forever, the three journey to Venice. Written by Felicia H. Berke <feberke@vassar.edu>

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27 April 1979 (USA)  »

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Un pequeño romance  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Laurence Olivier was 71 years of age when he made this film. He was recovering from thrombosis and pneumonia. Reportedly, Olivier once said that his teenage co-star in this film, Diane Lane, was "the next Grace Kelly". See more »

Goofs

Around minute 51 when on the Champs-Elysees a pedestrian makes an obscene gesture to the camera. They should've noticed this and re-shot on the spot. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Michon: [as Daniel helps Lauren pick up the books she dropped on the ground, he sees one specific book... ] Heidegger?
Lauren King: Ah, it's for school. An assignment.
Daniel Michon: They assign you Heidegger?
Lauren King: Sure
Daniel Michon: They are teaching you existentialism?
Lauren King: Heidegger isn't really an existentialist.
Daniel Michon: He claims he isn't. His writing says he is.
Lauren King: You read Heidegger?
Daniel Michon: Not anymore. He bores me. Especially his fascination with the tall German poet. What's his name...?
Lauren King: Hölderlin!
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »

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Intelligent and timeless
5 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I came across this film on one of the movie channels a few weeks back, and was immediately bowled over by the seamless dialog and simple, refreshing story about adolescent love. What I particularly enjoyed about this movie was how the roles for the children were actually quite adult in theme, and watching all of them interact. The characters are extremely bright schoolchildren, as well as wise beyond their years, but yet not pretentious or self-conscious of it. Had the makers of this film used lesser actors the dialog exchanged between the characters of Daniel and Lauren would have been laughable and cheesy, but given the actors' command and understanding of the script, the movie is credible. I was also pleased to see such smart roles written for children, not to mention that the characters are far better role models than the characters they have now in movies. Given the smart, young girl actors they had in the '70s (Jodie Foster, Tatum O'Neal, Diane Lane), one wonders what's happened since - no way a movie this well thought out could be made now, or at least be made without it being ruined with some horrible casting choice like Hilary Duff or the insipid Lindsay Lohan. Overall, "A Little Romance" is a great film that has everything working for it, and is a great treat to watch with anyone, anytime.


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