Mondo is a homeless young boy, with a big smile, who wanders around Nice looking for food and a place to sleep.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ovidiu Balan ...
Mondo
...
The Magician
Pierrette Fesch ...
Thi Chin
Jerry Smith ...
Dadi
Schahla Aalam ...
The Magician's Friend
Maurice Maurin ...
Giordan the fisherman
Catherine Brun ...
Church Soloist (Elevator Woman)
Ange Gobbi ...
The Postman
Jean Ferrier ...
The Chief of Police
Marcel Lemuet ...
The Birdman
Nadia Cutaia ...
The Baker Woman
Pierre Klouman ...
The Popcorn Man
Georges Carlo ...
Family at the Supermarket
Sylvie Fadeuilh ...
Family at the Supermarket
Benjamin Massi ...
Family at the Supermarket
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A fable unfolds. One summer day, a boy of about ten appears on the streets of Nice - no family, no possessions, no schooling, but with a brilliant smile. Mondo's most at home in gardens, fields, and at the seashore. The bustle of the city can seem to overwhelm him. He has good survival instincts, running from police and from threatening adults, and he is looking for a family. Over time, people come to know him - he helps out a street magician, befriends an old man who keeps doves in his suitcase, and finds a mother, herself an outsider. That smile is always at hand. Yet, no vagabond child sits well with the authorities. Can Nice keep this treasure of the spirit? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ovidiu Balan Made This Movie Worth Seeing
3 November 1999 | by (Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Ovidiu Balan, playing a homeless Gypsy boy, made this movie worth seeing. The movie, in itself, is visually stunning. More of a video documentary than anything, it has very little dialogue....and maybe that's a good thing. Words get in the way sometimes.

From what I have heard, Ovidiu Balan is not French and was deported after the making of the movie.


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