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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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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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Un pequeño romance  »

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Trivia

The scenario is based on a novel: "E=mc2 Mon Amour" by Claude Klotz (writing under the better-known name of Patrick Cauvin) which had been first published in 1977, only two years after the death of Patrice des Moutils (aka "Monsieur X", a probability expert working in an insurance company) who became famous in France during the early 1960s for his creative use of computers. Des Moutils had the idea of calculating the Bayesian probabilities of winning for each and every horse in a race, and placing accordingly an array of bets. This method brought him fabulous gains (20 times the amount of his bets) but he became subject to the unremitting hostility of the French OTB system which succeeded--after several years of harassment--in bankrupting him and thus inadvertently driving him to suicide. See more »

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Natalie Woodstein, Lauren's dorky friend: You don't know what love is like until you've fallen for your cousin.
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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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