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An extremely captivating movie on how a little girl copes with her mother's death. She withdraws from all the people around her, waiting for her mother to come back. She tries waiting, and when her mother still doesn't appear, tries magic chants, praying to God, and then becoming a child of God, to have some power over Him. All to no avail. But then, when she is in despair, her mother does come back ... Written by
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The magic spell the kids say, "Ta'ali Takum", is actually the "Talitha koum" of Jesus. In Mark 5:41, Jesus says the phrase "Talitha koum" (Aramaic for "Little girl, get up") to a dead girl, when he resurrects her. See more »
In the cemetery scene, Ponette is shown piling dirt onto her legs as she kneels beside the grave. In the next shot, her legs have no dirt and her pants are clean. See more »
The quote is from Andrew Sarris on 'Au Hasard Balthazar' but it seems entirely appropriate for this gem. (And its worth remembering that Doillon's first great film, 'La Drôlesse' bore more than a passing similarity to 'Mouchette').
'Ponette' comes like a bolt from the blue - a sometimes painful, sometimes funny, almost always moving picture of a four-year-old trying to grapple with the meaning of death. Victoire Thivisol's performance is breath-taking, the curious logic of childhood has rarely been so articulately put on film.
If action movies are your thing, avoid it like the plague, otherwise beat down every door until you find it.
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