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
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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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A solid adaptation of Le Clézio's short story
9 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mondo is based on a short story by French author J.M.G. Le Clézio. The story is the first in a collection of stories about children. In each narrative a child is in some way alienated from the dominant culture while at the same time embodying something that this culture is missing.

In Gatlif's retelling, Mondo is alienated by the busy consumer society of Nice, France: he is always hiding from city officials who try to arrest him and he feels ill-at-ease in the bustling downtown area. He makes his home among the other marginalized Niçois: the homeless, foreigners, gypsies, etc. Gatlif artfully frames the life of Mondo and his friends and makes the viewer feel sympathy for society's rejects.

Gatlif shows how Mondo changes people who let him into their lives while demonstrating the blindness of government agencies that deal with stray children.

An excellent film. Even my children love it.


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