7.0/10
1,409
8 user 8 critic

The Little Thief (1988)

La petite voleuse (original title)
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 »

Director:

Writers:

(original scenario), (original scenario) (as Claude De Givray) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Charlotte (Gainsbourg) is being raised without a mother. She is only 13 but ready to be an adult. She meets an older boy and begins a relationship while teaching a young friend about life and learning the ropes herself.

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Clothilde Baudon, Julie Glenn
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
Director: Jacques Doillon
Stars: Ann-Gisel Glass, Jacques Bonnaffé, Fanny Bastien
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Camille, a naive schoolgirl meets an intiguing influence in Joelle, a slightly older and much more experienced spirit. Camille follows her new friend through the discovery of sex and the ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Blier
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Anouk Grinberg, Michel Blanc
Lover (1992)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Marie and Antoine live together. They are in love. She wants to have a baby, but he does not agree. She meets Paul. Paul tries to seduce her, Marie rejects him, but when Paul sleeps with ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Doillon
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal, Thomas Langmann
Anna Oz (1996)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Eric Rochant
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gérard Lanvin, Sami Bouajila
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Bertrand Morane's burial is attended by all the women the forty-year-old engineer loved. We then flash back to Bertrand's life and love affairs, told by himself while writing an ... See full summary »

Director: François Truffaut
Stars: Charles Denner, Brigitte Fossey, Nelly Borgeaud
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Stan, screeplay writer, had his time of glory in Hollywood. Today, alcoholic with a certain envy for suicide, his only link to life is his daughter, Charlotte.

Director: Serge Gainsbourg
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Serge Gainsbourg, Roland Bertin
Night Sun (1990)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Young nobleman Baron Sergio Giuramondo, after discovering that his bride-to-be was the king's mistress, leaves Naples in disgust to become a monk. But his quest for perfect solitude is ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Stars: Julian Sands, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Massimo Bonetti
Little Lili (2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of cinematic spend a holiday in the French countryside. The film provides insight in their relationships, including that between a young man and a local girl, Lili. She uses the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Miller
Stars: Nicole Garcia, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Marielle
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After the death of her husband, the mother of Julie, Jack, Sue and Tom begins to suffer from a mysterious illness. Aware that she is going to have to go into hospital she opens a bank ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Birkin
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Andrew Robertson, Alice Coulthard
Noce blanche (1989)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A teacher of philosophy encounters a complicated pupil; a seventeen year old girl who possesses quite a cynical view of the world. He attempts to help her focus on her studies, but soon ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Claude Brisseau
Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Bruno Cremer, Ludmila Mikaël
Love, etc. (1996)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A triangle: love, obsession, and choice. Pierre, a ladies' man who has little cash and no fixed residence, describes his best friend Benoît as the world's oldest 32-year-old. The shy, ... See full summary »

Director: Marion Vernoux
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yvan Attal, Charles Berling
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Crime | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Little Thief  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,100,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Fujicolor)
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Connections

Version of The 400 Blows (1959) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Jane of Hearts
22 April 2008 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

She steals from the church to go to the movies. Janine, you've got to like her. But her own life is unlike the song-and-dance pictures she likes so much. It's more like a ballad, set to music in a minor key. As Bob Dylan famously put it: "She'd come away from a broken home, had lots of strange affairs, with men in every walk of life which took her everywhere." While Janine may have the genes of a flirt and a crook, it's the men she meets that take her from petty theft to grand larceny. She finds out the hard way there are limits even for a pretty girl and ends up in a nunnery that is half poorhouse, half prison. By showing us what she does, rather than narrating what happens to her, Claude Miller brings to life a story (written by none other than François Truffaut himself) that may easily have turned out corny at a lesser man's hands. The 1950s rural and Parisian sets are designed with just the right mixture of dedication and détente to make you forget it's only make-belief. The whole thing feels entirely natural and deeply touching at the same time. The biggest credit, of course, is due to the amazing Charlotte Gainsbourg and her arresting performance in the part of Janine. She resists the temptation of playing her as a teenage martyr and makes her a cheeky Cinderella instead.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
subtitles moon-is-mine1
Discuss The Little Thief (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?