Watch Trailer
The Hedgehog (2009)
The Hedgehog | 01:44
Watch Trailer
MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 699 this week

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

 |  Drama  |  3 July 2009 (France)
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 5,873 users   Metascore: 64/100
Reviews: 28 user | 93 critic | 22 from Metacritic.com

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $7.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 28 Mar 2012
 
a list of 26 titles
created 30 Jun 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 26 Aug 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 11 May 2014
 
A
a list of 44 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Hedgehog" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Hedgehog (2009)

The Hedgehog (2009) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Hedgehog.
10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Les gazelles (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Marie and Eric, a couple in their thirties who have been together since college, buy their first apartment when Marie is suddenly overcome by doubt. Her encounter with a handsome, ... See full summary »

Director: Mona Achache
Stars: Camille Chamoux, Audrey Fleurot, Joséphine de Meaux
French Twist (1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After learning of her husband's infidelities, a housewife invites an itinerant lesbian to move in with them. None of their lives will ever be the same again.

Director: Josiane Balasko
Stars: Victoria Abril, Josiane Balasko, Alain Chabat
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An illiterate and lonely man bonds with an older and well-read woman.

Director: Jean Becker
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Gisèle Casadesus, Maurane
Demi-soeur (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Nenette, who has the mental age of an 8-year-old, has always lived with her mother, who raised her alone. Nenette works, cleaning the community school, and her best friend is a tortoise. ... See full summary »

Director: Josiane Balasko
Stars: Josiane Balasko, Michel Blanc, Brigitte Roüan
The Butterfly I (2002)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The plot summary says that the old man seeks a particular butterfly because of the request of his brother. Having just seen the movie, two of us are certain that it was his son, not his brother.

Director: Philippe Muyl
Stars: Michel Serrault, Claire Bouanich, Nade Dieu
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Road movie about two children (Voula and Alexandre) searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries ... See full summary »

Director: Theodoros Angelopoulos
Stars: Michalis Zeke, Tania Palaiologou, Stratos Tzortzoglou
The Hedgehog (2013)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A lone boy dressed as his favourite video game hero encounters a strangely familiar man in a desolate suburban town.

Directors: Chris Lee, Paul Storrie
Stars: Peter Brookes, Philip Herbert
Le hérisson (TV Movie 1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Robert Enrico
Stars: Gisèle Casadesus, Pierre Vaneck, Anouk Ferjac
Suzanne I (2006)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Mona Achache
Stars: Suzanne Achache-Wiznitzer, Till Bahlmann, Alysse Hallali
Hedgehog (1977)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A police detective nicknamed "the Hedgehog" goes to Tokyo in search of a communist spy called the Golden Bracelet. With the help of Blue Bird and Squirrel, a pickpocket and gangster ... See full summary »

Stars: Yeong-shik Kim, Oh-jang Mun, Eun-ju Lim
La loi de Barbara (TV Mini-Series 2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Stars: Josiane Balasko, Olivier Claverie, Cécile Rebboah
Le hérisson (1998)
Adventure | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Director: Jean-Noël Betzler
Stars: Benoît Delépine, René Marquant, Daniel Ziegler
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Renée Michel
...
Paloma Josse
...
Kakuro Ozu
...
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Let Life In.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 July 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El erizo  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Quotes

Renée Michel: Happy families are all alike.
Kakuro Ozu: Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
[Quoting from Tolstoy's 'Anna Karenina']
See more »

Connections

Features The Munekata Sisters (1950) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
'Happy families are all alike, but each unhappy family is unique.'
23 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Something there is about little French films that is like discovering a free-floating water lily in a quiet stream: it approaches you, shares it lovely scent as it passed, and then continues on out of sight, leaving you warmly happy at the privilege of observing a gentle bit of nature if only for a moment. THE HEDGEHOG does just that. Mona Achache directs her screen play adapted from the novel "L'élégance du hérisson" by Muriel Barbery, casts an impeccable group of actors who bring to life this tale of how serendipitous nods of love can alter lives.

The title comes form the definition of a hedgehog as a prickly-on- the-outside, cuddly-on- the-inside critter that is often misjudged. And that definition applies to several characters in the story though it is most directly connected to bourgeoisie apartment house concierge Renee Michel (Josiane Balasko), a middle-aged and sour hermit who lives to mop the floor, distribute mail, and to give you a wary eye to passersby. The building is inhabited by rich people, a fact we learn from the narrator of the story - Paloma Josse (Garance Le Guillermic), an eleven-year-old girl disturbed by her privileged life in Paris. Her father Paul (Wladimir Yordanoff) is distracted by his government job while her mother Solange (Anne Brochet) drinks champagne with anti-depressants while talking to her plants, and her sister Colombe (Sarah Le Picard) focuses her shallow life on a pet goldfish. She decides she will kill herself in 165 days on her 12th birthday and begins to document the hypocrisy of the adults in her apartment building with her father's old 8mm camcorder. Her harsh judgments do not seem to include Renee: though they are at opposite ends of the socioeconomic spectrum Paloma senses something unusual about Renee, explores her apartment and discovers the extensive secret library in Renee's back room, and that the often untidy appearing and distant matron reads Tolstoy to her cat Leo. Renee's hedgehog appearance does indeed contain a cuddly inside, a fact that is revealed when a new tenant - Kakuro Ozu (Togo Igawa) moves in and he and Paloma realize they are kindred spirits. Mr. Ozu is a wealthy Japanese businessman and he strikes up a friendship with Paloma as they discuss their shared curiosity for the downstairs concierge woman and their delight in playing the game Go with one another. Kakuro's attention to and kindness for Renee creates changes: Renee is instructed by the maid Manuela Lopez (Ariane Ascaride) to have her hair done and to wear a new dress when Renee reluctantly accepts Kakuro's invitation to dinner. As Paloma observes the changes Kakuro creates in both Renee and in herself, her own coming of age becomes a much less pessimistic prospect. 'Planning to die doesn't mean I let myself go like a rotten vegetable. What matters isn't the fact of dying or when you die. It's what you're doing at that precise moment.' And from there the story moves like that free floating water lily - passing on through life enlightened by its presence.

Josiane Belasko, Garance Le Guillermic, and Togo Igawa are brilliant in their roles. The script is quiet, intelligent and ultimately deeply touching, but it is the direction of Mona Achache that polishes this little gem to a glow. Clearly this is one of the finest films of the past decade.

Grady Harp


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did they really kill the fish in the film? IkuharaKunihiko
US Release? Devrayne
The drawings gabriela-zayas
Currently reading the book... lombano
Now showing on Air Canada clauded
quote about Lasker the chess champion keithchessjustapawn
Discuss The Hedgehog (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?