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Michou d'Auber (2007)

Set in France during the struggle for Algerian independence, Messaoud's mother is terminally ill and his father, needing to work long hours in the factory, can't look after him, so decides ... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Samy Seghir ...
Messaoud / Michou
Medy Kerouani ...
Akli (as Fellag)
Catherine Hiegel ...
La directrice de l'orphelinat
Le cafetier
Bernard Yerlès ...
Le copain de Georges
Gérald Laroche ...
Chick Ortega ...
Vendeuse papeterie
Gilles Détroit ...
Le curé
Ludovic Berthillot ...


Set in France during the struggle for Algerian independence, Messaoud's mother is terminally ill and his father, needing to work long hours in the factory, can't look after him, so decides to put him and his older brother Abdel in foster care. Sent to the countryside, Abdel has to work on a farm, but Messaoud is taken in by a childless woman, who conceals his Arab origins from her fiercely Gaullist ex-army husband. Re-named Michel/Michou, and with his hair comically dyed blond, the young boy quickly steals the hearts of both foster-parents, and eventually is instrumental in saving their troubled marriage. Written by Graham Inglis

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28 February 2007 (France)  »

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Le'ehov et Michou  »

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Michou is taken care of by Gisele and Georges in October 1960. Georges drives a Citroen Ami 6, but this car was only introduced in 1961. See more »

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14 April 2017 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Yes totally spoiled! I saw the title as part of my Weekly TV PGR and since it was screened late I felt it may have been a mediocre film. But my wife recorded it for my sake...As I used to be French, some 47 years ago when I departed for Australia... But yes totally spoiled I was when we watched it. It was France as I remembered my tender teens and beyond. I was about a week before the age of twenty when Algeria caste its vote for independence at a referendum. But I would not say this spoiled me. What did, was Bourville, Dalida, Be Bob a lou la, Enrico Macias and very much the country side I learned to love in the department (of Doubs), yet so familiar as it is portrayed here in this movie. It was definitely one of the best trips I made down memory lane. I was also so pleased to see Depardieu in his best element. As for the leading lady, she was perfect too, along with those wonderful boys of which "Michou" was the super nova! I was shocked, not by the adultery, or the political, violence, but more to see there are only three reviews before mine Warmth exuded out of this story almost to its entire length. It felt honest and genuine and I wish I could convey this feeling to non French audience who have seen this film, but know that with the best skill and intentions it's not possible just like this young boy trying to swallow and appreciate a pork sausage! That's what culture is all about and I don't think it's interchangeable. This does not mean that there is no material to enjoy in it but it is an important factor to get the full impact of such work. Oh I nearly forgot one more spoiler...The "Resurrection"of "Monsieur Lazhar"! Perhaps a little cryptic but for those who've seen the movie I hope they'll understand.

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