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Mondo (1995)

 -  Drama  -  30 May 1997 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Ovidiu Balan ...
The Magician
Pierrette Fesch ...
Thi Chin
Jerry Smith ...
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


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 <>

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The best imagery I have ever seen
11 January 2000 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Mondo, was shown here in Australia on Christmas night, and, after seeing it, I couldn't think of another movie that could rightfully replace it. This was a superb film, and one wonders why my local TV guide gave it only 3 out of 5 and described it as "moving". In my opinion, Mondo deserves a 10 out of 10, simply for its wonderful images (the scene in the garden - need I say more). Mondo was a film that seldom used words - it let its images speak for itself and tell the story. The bond between Mondo and the Vietnamese lady was a highlight of the film for me - so much so that by the end I had tears welling in my eyes. A wonderful film - now for the novel.

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