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The Little Thief (1988)

La petite voleuse (original title)
R | | Drama | September 1989 (USA)
In a small town in post-World-War-II France, an unhappy sixteen-year-old (Janine Castang) tries to escape her dreary situation by any means at her disposal. Three successive friends (Michel... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Janine Castang
Didier Bezace ...
Michel Davenne
Simon de La Brosse ...
Raoul
Clotilde de Bayser ...
Séverine Longuet
Raoul Billerey ...
Rouleau
Chantal Banlier ...
Léa
Nathalie Cardone ...
Mauricette
Renée Faure ...
La Mère Busato
Catherine Arditi ...
La directrice école
Gilbert Bahon ...
Le brigadier
Clothilde Baudon ...
Bonnin
Joëlle Bruyas ...
Soeur Marie-Odile
Denise Chiabaut ...
Le doctresse
Philippe Deplanche ...
Jacques Longuet
Erick Deshors ...
Raymond
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Storyline

In a small town in post-World-War-II France, an unhappy sixteen-year-old (Janine Castang) tries to escape her dreary situation by any means at her disposal. Three successive friends (Michel Davenne, a married lover; Raoul, a fellow thief; Mauricette Dargelos, a photographer and fellow prisoner) help her learn from her mistakes. Written by English Showalter <showalte@crab.rutgers.edu>

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A Deliciously Sexy Tale Of Love And Larceny. See more »

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September 1989 (USA)  »

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The Little Thief  »

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$1,100,000 (USA)
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François Truffaut's scenario offered the leading character Janine Castang as a female counterpart to the character Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows (1959). See more »

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References Tambour battant (1953) See more »

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secondhand Truffaut
1 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a good thing this belated tribute to Francois Truffaut was adapted from an original story by the late director himself; otherwise the film might be mistaken for a plagiarism. The story itself is a distaff companion piece to 'The 400 Blows', following a compulsive teenage kleptomaniac in post-War France, whose sticky fingers and rebellious disposition land her in and out of jail, and in and out of love. Charlotte Gainsbourg is certainly appealing in the title role, but Claude Miller's direction is perfunctory, at best; he places each scene in the correct order but has little feeling for the material, other than an obvious respect for its author, whose name alone is enough to lend the film some token credibility. Enough incidental pleasures survive the awkward adaptation to make it a worthwhile diversion for any dedicated Francophile, and a must-see for die-hard Truffaut fans, but the film suffers from an ending that might lead viewers to suspect Miller was working from an incomplete outline.


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