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The Hedgehog (2009)
"Le hérisson" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  3 July 2009 (France)
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Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents ... See full summary »

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Renée Michel
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Paloma Josse
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Kakuro Ozu
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Solange Josse
Ariane Ascaride ...
Manuela Lopez
Wladimir Yordanoff ...
Paul Josse
Sarah Lepicard ...
Colombe Josse (as Sarah Le Picard)
Jean-Luc Porraz ...
Jean-Pierre, le clochard
Mona Heftre ...
Madame Meurisse
Gisèle Casadesus ...
Madame de Broglie
Samuel Achache ...
Tibère
Valérie Karsenti ...
La mère de Tibère
Stéphan Wojtowicz ...
Le père de Tibère
Isabelle Sobelmann ...
Anna Arthens
Chantal Banlier ...
Maria Malavoin
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Paloma is a serious and highly articulate but deeply bored 11-year-old who has decided to kill herself on her 12th birthday. Fascinated by art and philosophy, she questions and documents her life and immediate circle, drawing trenchant and often hilarious observations on the world around her. But as her appointment with death approaches, Paloma finally meets some kindred spirits in her building's grumpy concierge and an enigmatic, elegant neighbor, both of whom inspire Paloma to question her rather pessimistic outlook on life. Written by Dubai International Film Festival

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Togo Igawa (Kakuro Ozu) learned his French lines in the movie phonetically. He does not speak French in real life. See more »

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Renée Michel: Happy families are all alike.
Kakuro Ozu: Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
[Quoting from Tolstoy's 'Anna Karenina']
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best kid character in a long time
15 February 2013 | by (Santa Barbara, California) – See all my reviews

The main character is a girl who feels trapped in her upper-class, politically important, generally high-strung family and deals with it by filming their every move with a video camera her governmental-minister father gives her, while whispering a merciless voice-over as the camera records. It's great to see a movie about people's secret lives bringing them together, the endless creativity that follows from watching what actually happens, and completely improbable friendships mattering more than anything else. None of the characters ever really leave their various apartments in a big building in a wealthy part of Paris, but quite a lot of ordinary and very entertaining things happen. The film is about people adopting each other across social barriers--but that doesn't quite capture it either. This is the French version of feel-good, which means it stays intellectual while being the opposite of cynical about whether people can connect with each other. I really liked it.


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