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Release Date:
16 April 2003 (France) See more »
As a little girl, Federica fantasized about having beautiful long hair that would grow back as soon as she cut it... See more » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Poor little rich girl See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order)

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi ... Federica

Chiara Mastroianni ... Bianca

Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Pierre
Denis Podalydès ... Philippe
Marisa Bruni Tedeschi ... Mother (as Marysa Borini)
Roberto Herlitzka ... Father

Lambert Wilson ... Aurelio
Pascal Bongard ... Priest

Nicolas Briançon ... Director

Yvan Attal ... Man in Park

Emmanuelle Devos ... Philippe's Wife
Karine Silla ... Céline
Alma Samel ... Child Federica
Uta Samel ... Child Bianca
Victor Nebbiolo ... Child Aurelio
Helena Sadowska ... Dance Teacher
Chloé Mons ... Amélie
Hélène de Saint-Père ... Woman in Movie Theater
Pierre-Olivier Mattei ... Man in Movie Theater
Laurent Grévill ... Doctor
Eva Ionesco ... Une femme au cinéma / Worker
Gérard Buffart ... Concierge
Souzan Chirazi ... Lawyer
Roland Romanelli ... Accordianist
Magali Woch ... Young Patient
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lorenzo Bassi
Rosy Bonanno
Emmanuelle Bourflataux
Paolo Cirio ... Kidnapper
Raphaël Cohen
Gerard Falce
Emilie Fontellino
Pierre Lefauchaux
Zofia Maikowska
Pablo Riuz Buesco
Viola Vergani

Directed by
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Valeria Bruni Tedeschi  writer
Noémie Lvovsky  writer
Agnès de Sacy  writer

Produced by
Maurizio Antonini .... co-producer
Paulo Branco .... producer
Mimmo Calopresti .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Jeanne Lapoirie 
Film Editing by
Anne Weil 
Casting by
Yann Coridian 
Production Design by
Emmanuelle Duplay 
Set Decoration by
Hélène Rey 
Costume Design by
Claire Fraisse 
Makeup Department
Michelle Bernet .... assistant makeup artist (as Michèle Bernet)
Maria Johansson .... makeup artist: Italy
Marie-Thérèse Lebeau .... hair stylist
Caroline Philiponnat .... key makeup artist
Gioia Serena .... assistant hair stylist: Italy
Production Management
Marc Cohen .... assistant unit manager
Laetitia Fèvre .... post-production supervisor
Olivier 'Jones' Michel .... unit manager
Olivier Michel .... unit production manager
Sylvain Monod .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Agnès Astrup .... assistant director
Olivier Genet .... first assistant director
Maurad Kara .... second assistant director
Art Department
Thierry Michaud .... property master
Christine Rey .... upholsterer
Hélène Rey .... set designer
Romain Rosier .... production buyer
Carole Récamier .... upholsterer
Sound Department
Benjamin Bober .... boom operator
Benjamin Bober .... sound assistant
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Gréggory Poncelet .... sound recordist
Jean-Yves Pouyat .... boom operator
Bruno Tarrière .... sound re-recording mixer
François Waledisch .... sound
Jean-Christophe Winding .... sound editor (as Christophe Winding)
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrea Arnaud .... grip: Italy
Pierre Bonnet .... gaffer
Alessia Bulgari .... still photographer
Michel Dechaud .... key grip
Nicolas Dixmier .... gaffer
Arnaud Duru .... electrician
Yohann Favard .... electrician
Alexandre Gotkovski .... electrician
Muriel Olivier .... electrician
Frédéric Serve .... first assistant camera
Jean-Mary Vodoz .... grip
Henri Zaitoun .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Linda Gabbay .... extras casting
David Hagège .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
France-Lise Loial .... wardrobe (as France Loial)
Bénédicte Planes .... costumer
Valérie Ranchoux .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Barbara Bascou .... assistant editor
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Thomas Coulombeix .... assistant editor
Christine Maffre .... assistant editor
Anne-Cécile Vergnaud .... assistant editor
Other crew
Agathe Astira .... production administrator
Marta Cucchi .... production assistant: Italy
Bénédicte Darblay .... script supervisor
Marie-Agnès Gillot .... choreographer
Helena Gonçalves .... production assistant
Clémentine Mourão-Ferreira .... production assistant
Caroline Steff .... production secretary

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Il est plus facile pour un chameau..." - France (original title)
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110 min | Japan:105 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:6 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich)
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The character of "Federica" is based on Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's real life experiences as daughter of a rich family.See more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Poor little rich girl, 19 April 2004
Author: anagram14 from Zürich, Switzerland

Yes, this film is a charmer, albeit a very strange one. So strange that even critics don't get it - for example, see Reel Film Reviews under "External Reviews". To begin with the obvious: Federica is rich. Richer than most of us can imagine being. So rich her mother tells her kids: "You have no right to cry, you've got everything." She goes through life with a sense of guilt, asking herself what she's done to deserve such wealth, and how she can justify her existence and avoid becoming a useless parasite.

Our not-quite-heroine chooses to write plays, learn ballet and be nice to everyone. She never outgrows the well-behaved little girl she was long ago, retaining a permanent smile and a squeaky voice. Even her boyfriend is a near-perfect embodiment of her bad conscience: a socialist history teacher who sings the "International" at the wheel of her Jaguar. Naturally, Federica joins right in. Even when they quarrel after he tells her he considers her writing a hobby, not work, she doesn't really defend herself. Instead, she keeps having escapist fantasies of a perfect world where rich and poor live in harmony. The "ridiculous" episode mentioned in the Reel Film review, where her parents have a congenial dinner with her kidnappers, is obviously such a fantasy, and meant to be absurd.

Apparently, the actor-director drew heavily on her own life for this story. Her own wealthy family moved to Paris after the Red Brigades started abducting rich kids. Federica's mother is played by Bruni-Tedeschi's real mother (and God knows how she got her to do it!). I admire the director for the courage it must have taken to make a film so personal, and with so much potential for misunderstanding and ridicule. I also admire the actress for her precarious charm. Do go see this one if you have a Really Rich friend who agonizes over money. Thereafter, please present said friend with a bio of George Soros.

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