The mute superintendent of a ramshackle apartment building, becomes the unwilling guardian of a little girl with an attitude.

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Gigot
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Gigot's Father
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Lou
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Ira
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Arleen
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Jamal
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Gloria
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Jamal's Sister
Michelle Sweeney ...
Jamal's Grandmother
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Falling Ceiling Woman (as Alex Castillo)
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Joe
Crystal ...
Gigot's Monkey
Anastasia Tsar ...
Coffee Shop Waitress
Cecile Cristobal ...
Coffee Shop Girl
Minor Mustain ...
Truck Driver
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Storyline

A Christmas story. Charlie Gigot is a mute super at a dingy New York apartment building; he always wears a wool cap. One winter, a woman leaves her daughter Lou with Gigot, promising to be back the next day. Mom flakes out, and Gigot - who's down and out, probably with post-traumatic stress syndrome, has a drinking problem, and lives in a basement junk heap with a pet monkey - tries to find someone who will take Lou in. Winter gives way to spring; Gigot reluctantly becomes, in fits and starts, a parent. What if Lou's mom doesn't return; what are Charlie's options? His past may hold an answer. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG-13 for drug content and sensuality | See all certifications »
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21 November 2004 (USA)  »

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Lou decides to name Gigot's pet monkey Grace. William H. Macy has two daughters, each with the middle name Grace. See more »

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Ira: Beaureaucrats. Whenever you get a chance, you've got to blow smoke up their ass. Greases the wheels down the line.
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Featured in 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005) See more »

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28 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am 12 years old. I cried my little eyes out watching this movie. Most girls love the dramatic movies. Girls and guys will enjoy watching this movie. There is a lot of scenes that you will want to cry really hard about. Just let it out. It's great to express yourself. See there is this mute man, and he doesn't have any friends but his pet monkey. And this monkey is his bffl (best friend for life). The man always wears this wool cap. What does it mean? Where does it come from? Find out yourself and watch the movie! Well anyways he gets stuck watching this young girl. Does he have fun, or hate life with the little girl? Find out yourself and watch the movie! Everyone will enjoy it, and it's okaie to cry. It shows that you are ACTUALLY watching the movie. So what are you going to do when you finish reading my summary? Hmm? Here is a suggestion, WATCH THE MOVIE!

PS: Get some tissues first.


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