The children of a small European mountain village end up being its only residents, soon after the adults cannot take their behavior any longer.

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Raphaël Katz ...
Manfred
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Marianne
Léo Legrand ...
Thomas
Baptiste Bétoulaud ...
Oscar Le Rouge
Martin Jobert ...
Willy Hak
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Mireille Stettner
Léo Paget ...
Robert Lapointe
Ilona Bachelier ...
Charlotte
Julien Dubois ...
Barnabé
Florian Goutiéras ...
P'tit Louis
Talina Boyaci ...
Zoé
Mathieu Donné ...
Gros Paul
Terry Edinval ...
Wolfgang
Jonathan Joss ...
Jean Krog
Tilly Mandelbrot ...
Erna
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Welcome to Timpelbach, a small, serene village. Well, not really that serene... Indeed, for several weeks, the children have been playing multiple practical jokes and nasty tricks. The victims are, of course, other children... but also, and most of all, the parents. Overwrought, they decide to leave the village for what they think will only be one day. But nothing happens as planned: on the way back, they are taken prisoner by a group of soldiers. In Timpelbach, the news of a village without parents makes Oscar and his gang of thugs happy! But that isn't the case of a few daredevils who decide to side with Manfred and Marianne to regain control of the village. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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A Noël, ça va être leur fête! (This Christmas, they're getting their comeuppance!)


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17 December 2008 (France)  »

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A Cidade das Crianças  »

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Nicolas Bary and producer/friend Dimitri Rassam (who's already produced Bary's third short Judas (2006)) spent no less than four years working on this film, from acquiring the film rights from Henry Winterfeld's heirs to the actual filming. See more »

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After the end credits, a child's voice says: "Bah, c'est déjà fini?" (In English: "It is already finished?") See more »

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Offensive in every way
10 March 2010 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

How could anybody raise any money for this. Marketed as a Harry Potter/Jeunet ripoff, that piece of garbage goes out of its way to steal from any source of successful and/or creative popular material, only doing it wrong in an unimaginative, exploitative attempt to cash on people's (and especially children's) stupidity.

Nobody is spared, Grinn, J.K.Rowling, Del Toro, Burton, S.King, W.Golding... and a copious amount of French references, with Goscigny and Jeunet being the most obvious.

Modern and politically correct winks are included of course, the single cool and integrated black kid shows up when needed, pop culture references, and so on.

Any attempt at originality is ill-advised, if not completely, utterly sick.

CGI is everywhere it shouldn't be. Many visuals are good, but many times unnecessary CGI elements are shouting "look at me ! I'm a process" on the screen. Like a phony print on a building, things like that.

Needless to say, any decent performance (by the kids) gets drowned with the boat.

The whole mess feels like a cheap, unlicensed, toxic copy of a plastic smurf village set.


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