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Ponette (1996)

A four-year-old girl tries to come to terms with the sudden death of her mother.

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Credited cast:
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Ponette
Delphine Schiltz ...
Delphine
Matiaz Bureau Caton ...
Matiaz
Léopoldine Serre ...
Ada
Marie Trintignant ...
La mère
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Le père
Claire Nebout ...
La tante
Aurélie Vérillon ...
Aurélie
Henri Berthon ...
L'Instituteur
Carla Ibled ...
Carla
Luckie Royer ...
Luce
Antoine du Merle ...
Antoine
Marianne Favre ...
Marianne
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Hadrien Bouvier ...
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Benjamin Lemaire ...
Anthony
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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 Rahul Dodhia <rdodhia@psych.columbia.edu>

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$1,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Father: Mommy is dead. Do you know what that means?
Ponette: Yes. She is flying with her magic mirror.
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Referenced in The Killing Floor (2007) See more »

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Victoire, what a breakthrough!
21 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A 4-year-old French girl, Ponette (Victoire Thivisol) waits for the return of her mother, who has just died at an auto accident.

This beautiful and sensitive drama surprised a lot of people when won the Volpi Cup for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival 1996, given to a 5-year-old novice, Victoire Thivisol. She is really magnificent and, controversy aside, the important award recognized the biggest achievement in the film: Victoire reacts with amazing naturalness and outstanding facial expressions to the most intricate scenes. "Ponette" is a film that certainly will be in your memory, mostly because of a too young girl who shows the difference between a little great actress and a gracious child who wrinkles the eyebrows eloquently.


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